Posted by | Ray Cornelius
“Insecure” actress Issa Rae and “Atlanta” actor Donald Glover sit down with “Hamilton” star Lin-Manuel Miranda and “La La Land” writer and director Damien Chazelle for an intimate conversation about creativity for The Hollywood Reporter’s Roundtable Discussions.
The four content creators, who enjoyed major success in 2016, give their unique perspectives on the art of improv, the power of social media and coping with fame. The fabulous foursome were interviewed by director Jon Favreau.
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“We were like, ‘Maybe this will get us on television,’
not knowing that is television now.”
“It’s funny. I would ask you if on the stage it feels different. For me, on the screen, there is this big gap right now that you have to cross to do a musical. At least an earnest musical, where you’re not immediately putting quotation marks on it. It’s part of the reason why we decided to, like a lot of stage shows, begin this movie with a big ensemble number right off the bat. Mainly, it’s a warning sign to people in the audience. If people are not going to be comfortable with it, they’ll leave right away.”
“It’s a rush to be able to say, ‘This is the best thing I’ve ever seen, and if you don’t agree, you’re an idiot and everybody get on board.’ And there’s such a pressure to live up to that. I don’t ever want that for my own work. No matter what it is, I don’t want everyone to be on board or everyone to exclaim that it’s the best thing they’ve ever seen. The goal is to make people feel and to make people talk about it. But there’s such a hype culture right now.”
“I work in the art form where you’re in the room with the people who are performing, and that’s something you can’t replace. Especially talking about online stuff, I think we curate our reality so much. We block that friend on Facebook who is talking about politics constantly or putting up videos you’re not ready to see at 9 in the morning. But in the theater, you’re all watching the same thing.”
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