“Everyone in the entertainment business works hard. Except agents, obviously.” So says Rob this week, as he describes the differences between writing and directing, with a few nods to actors (and their overacting): Being a writer teaches you how to be alone. But being a director teaches you how to be with people. So maybe, actually, being a director is the harder job? Also, what’s the best way for an actor to play a drunk person? We won’t spoil it here, but it hinges on on not being yourself.

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  1. Leslie Watkins Member
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    I think being funny is much harder than being dramatic. IMO, Rosalind Russell, Jack Lemon, and Sammy Davis Jr. are examples of comedic actors who were/are also excellent dramatic actors. Conversely, Marilyn Monroe, George Clooney, and Clint Eastwood are examples of dramatic actors who aren’t very good comedic actors, if only because they take the same approach with both.

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  2. Heisenberg Member
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    Leslie Watkins (View Comment):

    I think being funny is much harder than being dramatic. IMO, Rosalind Russell, Jack Lemon, and Sammy Davis Jr. are examples of comedic actors who were/are also excellent dramatic actors. Conversely, Marilyn Monroe, George Clooney, and Clint Eastwood are examples of dramatic actors who aren’t very good comedic actors, if only because they take the same approach with both.

    100% true.  Robin Williams was a good example – I never really cared for his manic stand-up, but enjoyed many of his dramatic roles.  Example in the other direction of a dramatic actor that has good comedic timing and can pull it off: John Hamm.

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  3. Bruce Mamont Thatcher
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    I’ve counted an incredible (to a layman like me) number of producer credits on streaming shows over the last two weeks. Last night there were nine (9) executive producers, three (3) co-producers, and a producer for a sum of 13. Another had 8 EPs, 4 CPs, and a producer, again a sum of 13. What do they all do…if anything other than bring in (pay?) enough to get the credit?

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  4. kedavis Coolidge
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    Heisenberg (View Comment):

    Leslie Watkins (View Comment):

    I think being funny is much harder than being dramatic. IMO, Rosalind Russell, Jack Lemon, and Sammy Davis Jr. are examples of comedic actors who were/are also excellent dramatic actors. Conversely, Marilyn Monroe, George Clooney, and Clint Eastwood are examples of dramatic actors who aren’t very good comedic actors, if only because they take the same approach with both.

    100% true. Robin Williams was a good example – I never really cared for his manic stand-up, but enjoyed many of his dramatic roles. Example in the other direction of a dramatic actor that has good comedic timing and can pull it off: John Hamm.

    Actually it’s Jon.

     

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