Some directors stay by the camera; they like a distance from the action; I don’t. I like the paintings I can make with a great cinematographer but my heart is in the trenches with the actors. Being one, I can speak the language of exploration and discovery and I take it as part of my job to enable every actor, the most famous star or the rankest amateur (and the occasional rank star) to get free of the stuff we all carry and do his or her best work. It’s an honor.
It’s the same in the theatre, just purer. No crew, no distractions; just a director and a script and a talented cast to conjure magic with.
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