Mark Rylance proud of Steven Spielberg's praise

Mark Rylance proud of Steven Spielberg's praise

Mark Rylance warms "in the glow" of Steven Spielberg's praise.

The 55-year-old actor - who stars in the Spielberg-directed drama-thriller film 'Bridge of Spies' - has previously been called "the greatest actor, anywhere" by the award-winning director, and Mark feels proud to have received such praise.

Asked how he feels about Spielberg's praise, Mark said: "I obviously warm in the glow of it and a large part of me wants to believe it ... but I do think it is important to find out who you are and not what other people want you to be, and not to take anything people say about me - positive or negative - personally, otherwise one is in danger of getting hurt, undone.

"It's like sitting in the glow of a warm fire but the fuel won't last forever - and someone might take your coat."

Meanwhile, Mark also admitted he's eager to play characters that tackle big issues.

He told Radio Times: "I'm drawn towards engagement - I'm an actor but I'm not a bystander; I'm drawn to people's stories. My role is to tell those stories, it isn't to tell people what to do."