(with help from onlyforthepressed, celebreceipts, sophiekingawesome, australian-diaspora , theoriginalitgirl, and whatfandomisitanyway)
- His ENTIRE performance in Ali G Indahouse was super racist and classist. Here are a few clips to give you a taste, the entire movie is on Netflix instant.
- “When I moved up here this woman I know said, ‘Ooh! There are a lot of whiteys up there’, and I said, ‘I love white people; I’ve no problem with them at all. The idea was that I was going to complain because there weren’t enough blues dances out here; not enough ragga around. But I’m not bothered by it.”
- “Multiculturalism hasn’t and doesn’t help, because rightly or wrongly it polarises people so much. Racism is one thing and I don’t agree with that in any form but noticing that there are differences is normal and fine and to be encouraged.”
- “We’ve reached a state now where it’s, ‘You shouldn’t notice. Why are you noticing he’s got a bomb and has a beard and is Muslim and wants to kill your family?”
- “There is no country in the world like this. If all of a sudden all the traffic wardens in Ghana were Welsh, they’d really notice and might not love it. We give ourselves a hard time in this country in a sort of mea culpa way. But if we were that racist, people wouldn’t come. Very simple.”
- "I really liked hip-hop until the gangsta rap took over. I come from a time when not every rap record was ‘[n-word]’ this and ‘[n-worda]’ that; an earlier socially and morally conscious hip-hop sensibility, when it was, ‘Don’t call people [n-word]’. But now it’s [n-word], [n-word], [n-word] and it’s not funny or interesting politically, artistically or socially. I really don’t like it.” (Note that he didn’t say “n-word”, he said the actual word itself).
- “The funny thing about the acting business is that there are more p**fs in it than you can have hot dinners thrown at you. But no one is out. It’s not so bad here, but in Hollywood? Jesus Christ. Why don’t they just admit it? No one cares if they’re gay or not. I certainly don’t.”
- “I met Lucy Liu at the Emmy’s who was charming, but very ugly. She’s a dog, come on, she’s a very unattractive woman.”
- “Standing outside a location trailer is Martin Freeman. He is notably not wearing the safety helmets that are mandatory for everyone else on set, and is in the middle of explaining to one of the Sherlock runners – who is wearing her safety helmet – just why this is.
“I’m a big fish, you see, love,” he says, sipping at his tea. “I’m… Johnny Big Bollocks. And you’re… you’re… what’s that stuff whales eat? Krill. You’re krill. Location krill. Krill wears a helmet.” ”
- "He makes a comment about Una Stubbs that it would be inappropriate to repeat in The Times. (“I’ve been flirting with Una,” he concludes, after the bad story. “Well, it’s actually sexual aggression, but I often find the line between the two quite blurry.”"
- How his partner Amanda Abbington describes their first meeting: “Martin walked in and I just had a thunderbolt. It dawned on me: “Oh, God it’s him!” We flirted with each other all day and when I went home he texted me, saying “You left and I wasn’t done flirting with you. That’s a bit rude”, which I thought was really smooth.”
- “I’ve got drugs. I can just make them [mimes falling over]. Slip them something in their goblet. Some will get offended by that now, because they’ll call it rape or whatever. But, you know, for me it’s a helping hand.”