The British actor, 45, was delighted to leave London's Central School Of Speech And Drama - as he found the establishment "tragic".
Everett says, "I think they thought I was a bad influence - drugs. But I really thought the school was tragic and was furious, actually.
"I was one of those very difficult, attention-seeking kids who always wants to disrupt a class...
"When I left public school (Ampleforth) for the netherworld of showbusiness, I imagined it was going to be parties and sex - VIRGINIA WOOLF-ish.
"And it was just as bureaucratic and as middle class as public school after all.
"It was a totally accurate premonition of things to come because actually showbusiness, contrary to what people think, is very bourgeois.
"There's no dancing till dawn. It's very twee."24/08/2004 21:10