I was just thinking about this yesterday. I thought to myself that it’s always been a dream of mine to be an actor, but it may not happen like I thought it would when I was a kid. I wanted to be an actor like Arnold Schwarzenegger and beat up all the bad guys. I’d seen enough of his films that I could reenact his fighting movements. I could even do the entire scene from “Total Recall” where he kills five guys by himself. The only problem that seemed to stand in my way was that I have an unusual name, and when I asked people many of them said that I was going to have to change it. As if American audiences weren’t going to see movies where the lead actor’s name was a food. I guess everyone thought it was unappealing to the big shot producers in Hollywood, their prime example being the obscure D-lister Kevin Bacon who could never seem to get work.
I wouldn’t want to be the producer, and not because of their prejudice against me, but because I don’t really know what a producer is. According to Wikipedia, it is not one particular job but many, and those jobs depend on the movie itself. If I had to explain it to someone using the analogy of the human body, the producer is like the mouth of the movie making machine. He or she is in charge of “selling” the movie to the public so they have final say in what comes out of the mouth. The more I read about all these jobs and responsibilities of these jobs, it’s a wonder to me that a movie gets made at all. So many potential conflicts of interest between writers and editors and actors and producers and directors. Seriously people, if a movie is good, that’s a modern miracle.
My second choice would be director, because I like being in charge. However, I would need to learn more about what a director does before I take the chair. I know I can sit in the chair with the headphones on and watch the actors do the acting. Also, I can say the words “Action”, “Cut”, and “Lunch” with authority. But how am I going to know which order to film things in? How many takes in a day is considered excessive? Am I allowed to berate the PAs personally, or is that something I have to delegate? Honestly, I think I could get the hang of it with practice, but I haven’t been practicing in front of my bathroom mirror since I was a kid so I could stand behind the camera. I need the spotlight.
Now what if I pull a Mel Gibson and decide to do all three? There was a time when that crazy Aussie was turnin’ out the hits. In 1995 he Produced, Directed, AND Starred in “Braveheart” which won best Picture and Director. I guess that says a lot about the talent of Mr. Gibson if he can take all of that added pressure and still make a decent movie. It probably helps when you’re your own boss. And now I’m picturing Mel Gibson arguing with William Wallace on set in front of everyone, and no one wants to interject because they are afraid of what will happen if they do.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Show Must Go On.”