Tuesday, December 09, 2008

'Experience Tells
Me What Not To Do':
On Lessons Learned
From a Long Lifetime
Of Practicing A Craft

'Q: As you look at your career, at 64, what are you doing now that you didn't do at 45? What do you value in your mid-sixties that you didn't value quite enough before?

A: I hope that I'm getting more economical between 'action' and 'cut.' I'm trying to do less in front of the camera, trying to find that economy that will tell the story with greater accuracy by adding less. So that with fewer brush strokes I'll be able to get the tree, the mountain, the two men fishing, the sun setting. Experience tells me what not to do.'
--Actor Ben Kinsley, in an interview with Film Comment magazine (alas, it's not online). His observations had some interesting echoes from a conversation we were having here just a few days ago with the formidable Art Durkee, one of our favorite readers.


At 11:42 PM, Blogger Art Durkee said...

Sir Ben is one of the greats. His turn in the comedy/drama "You Kill Me" was brilliant. The character he plays is very inward, and Sir Ben underplays him to great effect—but you still know what's going on. It's very well done.

At 11:52 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

That was indeed a brilliant performance. He somehow turned a hit man into an utterly sympathetic character, and stole the movie in the process.

At 5:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think adding that question to yearly evaluations (whether personal or professional) sets up the following year.

Just returned from the Mayflower and multiple Hill visits. No madames, but lots of sausage being made.

At 7:21 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Footnote to Lou's comment: the Mayflower Hotel in D.C. is where Eliot Spitzer was caught carousing with a high-priced hooker.


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