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Acting Like We Know

The following experience is coming from dumb or dumber

but either way, it’s smart.

How do we remain calm while performing stressful tasks?

Jeff Daniels, seen in the recent interview above, highlighted the necessity of the process and not merely the end result. The expression goes, “Fake it until you make it.” To varying degrees and situations, this is true. In his world, the process literally dealt with the well-known and uncertain “acting process.” For us, the process is likely different in our daily lives, though still filled with comedy and drama. Not to mention unstructured dynamics that are frustratingly opaque. And yet, it’s not unusual for these moments that are absent of control to morph and provide, oddly enough, a surprising path toward control and certainty.

Just a random example of perseverance and perspective from 1/2 of the legendary duo of the 1994 cinematic gold standard in comedy Dumb and Dumber. Take a stand on something (pick-up the perfect snowball) and give it everything you’ve got.

Maybe you’ll get stuck (to a ski lift), but it’ll only be temporary.

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These ARE the Voices You’re Looking For

We all hear voices from time to time (so I’m told…). However, there’s a real talent for impersonating voices. Enter Last Jedi actor and Star Wars legend Mark Hamill in a recent sit-down interview with famed movie critic Peter Travers.

For the record, the merchandise from Star WarsJurassic Park and countless movies and television shows are what enabled escapism normally confined to a movie theater and family TV rooms (pre-YouTube and Internet) to reach new levels of imaginative curiosity. It’s an impactful part of being a kid, going to the movies and dreaming big. So, Sir Alec Guinness, wise Obi-Wan Kenobi, you were gravely mistaken.

If only Mr. Guinness (bet that got him a few free beers over the years) could have heard the voices of millions of kids seeing his films and playing with a myriad of merchandise, all while beginning a lifetime passion for some of the most treasured films in cinematic history.

Obi-Lost that Debate Kenobi more like it, hmmm (just one of those voices…).

Happy Monday

Star Wars is everywhere.

Now that that’s settled, let’s move forward.

The Last Jedi writer and director Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) has promised a new twist (or two…) for Star Wars: Episode VIII. As fans all over the world prepare for the December premiere of the eighth chapter in one of the greatest sagas concerning good vs. evil, we are looking for little tidbits of information to whet our theatrical appetite. Not the full meal or anything close to it, but just a delicious tasting menu. And in doing so, we’ve discovered that the highly-anticipated Last Jedi was written and directed not only by a brilliant moviemaker but by a lifelong Star Wars fan.

As the video after the jump shows, Rian Johnson’s enthusiasm is infectiously inspiring. Tapping into his excitement of being involved in a Star Wars film is more powerful than any Red Bull or triple latte.

The Last Jedi is a Star Wars movie made by one of its biggest fans. Therefore, this forthcoming film will be eight kinds of awesome, especially since Rian Johnson has already been hired to write an entirely new trilogy after this current trilogy.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

P.S. How does your Wookiee impersonation sound?

Happy Monday

This interview with comedy writer and director Judd Apatow seems fitting for a Monday…

The lesson? Find comedy in your Monday struggles, even if that includes moments of disdain and hate, real or perceived.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week. 

P.S. Not being able to laugh at oneself is a pet peeve of mine, and hopefully is a pet peeve of yours as well.