Here's What It's Like As An Actor To Be Directed By Steven Spielberg
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Burns discusses how he was incredibly nervous when he began filming - so nervous that he says he "botched" several takes. He even recalls Tom Hanks leaning in and whispering to him to calm down ("I've seen you act before, and this isn't acting!" he claims Hanks said). Yet despite several uncomfortable takes, Spielberg offered zero feedback, which terrified Burns.He writes:
"Most directors would have stepped in after my first botched take, offered some notes, and inadvertently rattled my confidence. But this wasn't Steven's approach with us. He allowed us several takes to figure things out for ourselves. So much that he didn't provide any direction for almost two weeks. We did our scenes in two or three takes and then moved on. No feedback. No nothing. The cast figured he hated what we were doing and speculated which one of us would be fired first."
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That might rattle you, too. Hurt your confidence. Or cause you to question your choices. And who ever gets it right on the first or second take?
So I'll give you time to find it [....] Especially in an ensemble piece where you have four or five guys acting together. It's going to take everyone a little time to find the beats and gel."Burns says working with Spielberg taught him that being a director is "about knowing when to give direction."
According to Burns, Spielberg later said he steps in when he feels actors are going in the wrong direction "... And then, only with a little note, as little as possible. I'd rather you guys find it. Fotos International/Archive Photos via Getty Images
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