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Belfast-born actor Stephen Rea has a long list of stage, screen and TV credits, including Interview with the Vampire, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, Still Crazy, The End of the Affair, V for Vendetta, and The Crying Game, for which he was Oscar-nominated.
WHAT DO YOU DRIVE?
I drive a Grand Cherokee Jeep. It's no longer popular to have them because they're gas guzzlers, but I like it.
The only reason I'm holding on to it is because the bottom of it is all rusted - I live beside the sea, and I drive through the sea occasionally. I'm just going to drive it and then when it's done, I'll park it and do something more ecologically sensitive.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
I've come very recently to driving. I never really drove until about 10 years ago, although I had a licence and I drove in films.
I bought cars for the family and the first I would have bought was a Citroen, which was a terrible car. I didn't even have the chic of a 2CV, it was a just a car that didn't do what it was supposed to do very well.
WHAT WAS YOUR BEST/WORST CAR?
My best car is the Jeep, just because when my kids were younger and I used to drive them round, they'd jump out of the back and think they were action men, even though I was only going at three miles an hour.
The terrible thing is, I know everyone thinks it's a revolting car, and it is stupid to be driving it around in the city, but in the country it's a lot of fun. The Citroen was the worst.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM CAR?
I just like something that gets me from A to B. I'm not really a car person - I have to be close enough to one to read the brand, I never know what type it is just by looking at the shape.
My worst programme ever is Top Gear, it kind of makes me go weak. Even when I was a kid, I never had the enthusiasm others have for cars, I didn't get it.
DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE A GOOD DRIVER?
I try to be a safe driver, if that means good. I don't think I'm a great, but I'm not a bad driver.
WHAT DO YOU ALWAYS KEEP IN YOUR GLOVEBOX?
I was going to say a glove. I don't keep anything in there that I should. What I should have is one of those ice picks because if your car crashes into the water and your electrics fail you might have to break the automatic windows.
WHAT DRIVES YOU MAD BEHIND THE WHEEL?
There's some really bad driving. It drives me mad when people drive in front of you without signalling, or they signal at a point when it's too late for you to do anything and they're already committed to going in front of you.
WHAT'S THE BEST MUSIC TO DRIVE TO?
I think Bruce Springsteen is pretty good - all that 'on the road' stuff certainly works in a Cherokee Jeep. If you're going on a long journey though, audio books are great.
I used to play my kids tapes of Harry Potter, but then I moved on to other things like Moby Dick, so you can interest your kids in literature while they're in the car.
HAVE YOU EVER HAD A CRASH?
I have, yes. I crashed into a wall, there was nobody else involved. I was driving along near my house and they were building this road, which was making me angry anyway. There was a truck unloading stuff for this road and it just took so long, and I needed to be somewhere, so I turned the car round to go another way, and I was so furious, the car skidded and went into a wall.
I wasn't hurt, but the car needed a bit of work and it was a bit scary. I learned a lesson - not to get in a fury when you're driving.
WHO WOULD BE YOUR PERFECT PASSENGER?
Someone who knows the way, because I don't have a satnav.
WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST THING YOU'VE EVER DONE IN A CAR?
I don't think you should do crazy things in cars to be honest, but the craziest thing I've done might be for the movie Stuck, which was to lie on the bonnet of the car with my head through the windscreen for three weeks.
It wasn't easy to film - you go in, they cover you in blood and you stick your head through a sugar glass windscreen and moan all day, but it was fine.
WHO CLEANS YOUR CAR, AND HOW OFTEN?
I live in Dublin, and I frequently go to Belfast to see my mother, and there's a guy on the side of the road who has a carwash, and I usually go in there. But they're widening the road, and he's gone, so I don't know what I'm going to do. I don't clean cars, I don't know where to start. A shower of rain is a good carwash.
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