Director Clint Eastwood, 85, Says Hold Onto Your Ideas

Photo by Chris Jackson

Photo by Chris Jackson

GALLOWAY: Is there anyone piece of advice somebody’s given you other than, you know, Don Siegel. Anybody that you held onto?

EASTWOOD: Piece of advice?

GALLOWAY: Yeah.

EASTWOOD: Everything. I hold onto everything. Ideas, always keep your ego in check and not be afraid to listen. Listening is a great art form as I always like to say. There used to be a program called the Hallmark Hall of Fame and they'd always say dedicated to the art of listening. And I thought yeah, it is an art to listening. And to listen and then to absorb things and be open minded about all the business aspects plus the artistic aspects and the casting aspects. Every element of films or drama just be open to ideas and sometimes you get ideas as you're going and it’s great to be able to incorporate them because you're not glued into one thing. Sometimes you can glue into a story and say this is what the writer intended but what are you intending? So on top of that, because the writing is a creative art form and the acting and directing is more of an interpretive art form. So you want to interpret it and enhance the writing. Or take it even another step and add your own stamp on it.

Interview via The Hollywood Reporter

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