Award-winning actor John Hurt spoke of the importance of passion in launching a career in drama.
The BAFTA and Golden Globe winner told a directors' symposium in The Gate Theatre in Dublin yesterday that passion was fundamental.
"All you really need before you go to drama school is a passion to do it. Entrance qualifications don't make much sense to me," he said.
And he referred to mistakes actors can make in not serving the script.
Hurt (inset) declared the job of actors was "manifold but unquestionably to serve the script, not to serve themselves".
He told the symposium of up-and-coming Irish directors the relationship between actors and directors has changed greatly over the years, with the director now part of the ensemble rather than being an authoritarian figurehead.