Did you know I started out as a stand-up comic? People don't believe me when I tell them. That's how I saw myself, in comedy.
I remember acting in a school play about the melting pot when I was very little. There was a great big pot onstage. On the other side of the pot was a little girl who had dark hair, and she and I were representing the Italians. And I thought: Is that what an Italian looked like?
My grandmother always came to my shows. She was always concerned about the way I dressed - even later on, when I was well known and I supported her.
I was not prepared for fame. It hit me hard, and I did not have the capacity to cope.
I do believe, and I will always believe, that Shakespeare on film is really something that should be tried more often because it is an opportunity to take the humanity that Shakespeare writes into characters and express it.