As much as I cared about animals, I was ever the pragmatist - or an expert in denial; whichever way you choose to look at it.

I became fluent in the arguments we preach when we want to justify our abuse of them. Deal breaker: Annabel's conversion to vegetarianism was a result of reading Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals (left) and she went fully vegan as soon as she watched Joaquin Phoenix-endorsed Earthlings (right) Grim fate: Cows only produce milk when pregnant or nursing, so are kept in this state for the duration of their lives.

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Most menus have more than a few options to cater for them. Conversations in restaurants when you are a vegetarian go like this: Visit any dairy farm in the UK, and what you will see is rows and rows of mother cows, calling out for their confiscated young, drained of milk until they are too old to stand it; at which point they are slaughtered.'Want a bite of my burger?

"It was pretty much all within the realm of possibility: people use prostitutes, people use drugs, especially in Hollywood.

I didn’t want to have anyone get the wrong idea about Joaquin or anybody else in the film.

I wanted people to see the movie for what it really is. There's a big difference between fooling someone and asking them to think." The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.

I had to stop for a month to do The Killer Inside Me.

If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have been able to finish the film – I was out of money.

Also, this was a movie about a man having a movie made about him." Affleck spent two years making the film.

"Having something at stake is a great motivator and once this thing became public for me that was very helpful because there was no question: I had to see it through, no matter how long it took. I hadn’t worked for more than a year, and I was pouring money into the movie.

In Earthlings, animals are shown caged up in steel prisons, stacked up on top of one another in spaces too small to turn around. Look on face as if I have just sprouted a unicorn horn. 'I could never go vegan.'When I explain to people what happens to these animals, they feel dreadful. Or that square-foot-by-square-foot, factory farming is the most wasteful way to grow food possible. I have learnt how to make vegan versions of my old favourites.