I'm watching 90 minutes of DVD from what may be the best interviewer in the world, James Lipton in the Actors' Studio, interviewing Clint Eastwood. I like his work but I think I'm not Clint's biggest fan in the world, because he tends to do "human drama" kind of films, whereas I prefer things more abstract, fantastic, or humorous*. But I have a high respect for him, and I think he must be one of the most intelligent creators in Hollywood.
A perfect example is something many actors have pointed out, that Clint is perhaps the only instructor they've met who does not yell "action!" and "cut!", but just quietly states something like, "OK, go ahead when ready" and "that's enough of that". It turns out this is not just a quirky character trait, it's quite important.
I thought you ought to see this brilliant bit, so I posted it:
... I especially took note of the comment that he had never been able to get a single director to change the habit of yelling "action!" This to me speaks volumes about the ability of humans to learn, after all it's not like these are stupid people, they are trained professionals in a very competitive business.
The Clint's last words in the interview is "you're real lucky if you manage to have success in a profession that's fun." Couldn't agree more, if you spend half your waking hours doing something, it's makes a hell of a difference whether you find it a burden or a pleasure!
* Don't get me wrong, I have watched and enjoyed a great number of his films.