He acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Macbeth," in the Royal Shakespeare Company production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England with Judi Dench, Roger Rees, and Ian McDiarmid in the cast. Trevor Nunn was director.
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[on the Academy Awards] If you are trying to have a career, as a black or Hispanic actor in a state - California - where white people are now the minority, and you are being judged by an Academy where the vast majority are white, male, middle-aged and old ... well, perhaps that is the wrong yardstick. 
Was offered $1.5 million by Sean Parker
to officiate at his Tolkien-themed wedding in 2013, in costume as Gandalf, but declined, saying "Gandalf doesn't do weddings".
Distinctively calm style of speaking.