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February 19, 2024 1 min

Acclaimed director Ed Zwick just revealed the secret to getting an actor to trust you on set.

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Speaker 1 (00:00):
Direct from Hollywood with Ryan Seacrest.

Speaker 2 (00:03):
Acclaim director Ed Zwick has worked with two actors who
have gone on to win Academy Awards from their collaborations,
Denzel Washington, who took home Best Supporting Actor in nineteen
eighty nine's Glory, and Leo DiCaprio's Best Actor went for
six's Blood Diamond. And that's just a sample size of
the acclaimed performances he's elicited from his stars. And in
a new video promoting his new autobiography Hits, Flops and

(00:23):
Other Illusions, and discussed how important it is for directors
to understand how deep actors have to dig inside themselves
to be at their best, saying that put themselves way
out there, like a tether on a spacewalk in space
while the director's back at mission control just drinking a coffee.
You have to be aware of the level of their vulnerability.
They're ripping their hearts out and offering them to you.
One thing that really helps is to make yourself vulnerable

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to them as well, and by the end of a movie,
you'll hardly have to talk at all. Some kind of
alchemy happens. The words of Ed Zwick, whose new memoir
hits flops in other illusions. My forty something Years in
Hollywood is out now.

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That's direct from Hollywood.
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