Sunday, February 24, 2008

That about sums it up

"George came up to me on the set one day during my first 'Star Wars' and said something that I never fully understood until after we were done filming. He said, 'As an actor, you have to think of yourself as a ditch digger.'... What he was implying was that on his movie, I needed to think of myself as a ditch digger, because it wasn't the proper arena for actual creative expression. This was his thing. It was all very thought-out in his head, and I needed to show up to make his wants a reality. And so really, what he was saying to me, was: 'Don't let this experience discourage you from what acting can really be about, because that's not what this is.' I just wish I would've figured that out a little sooner."

-Hayden Christensen in the Washington Post on his experiences with director George Lucas.

3 comments:

Bill Walsh said...

Hey, finally a point of similarity between Lucas and Hitchcock...

Anonymous said...

Wow - I had no idea ditch-diggers were supposed to be so bland, callow, and expressionless.

Dave S. said...

And there wasn't even a ditch. They had to mime digging a ditch and Lucas would CGI it in later.