The craft of … Harrison Ford

There’s a terrific interview with Harrison Ford in today’s Observer in which he talks, among other things, about the craft of acting, and how it compares with his early life as a carpenter:

“It is gratifying to take a piece of lumber and make it into something else. It’s the same thing with acting, you take these disparate bits and put them together and make this character. It’s purpose-built to serve the story, just like you build a piece of furniture for utility. It’s a practical mindset that many actors have, not all. But there’s a strain that runs all the way down from me to [Laurence] Olivier, who had this similar sense. We all have to find our own way, but it’s interesting when you discover that others have the same idea of it as a craft rather than some strange artistic process that is not available to any but the most gifted of us. It’s a hard slog sometimes. You have to know what you’re doing and why you are doing it, and that you are in service to an idea, a conversation between you and the audience. It’s always about the story.” 

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