Most people are eager to make a connection and talk too much, however it's in listening that you come to truly understand a person and what makes them tick.
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I really challenge every actor at the beginning of a process, and I always say, 'I have an idea that I'm going to bring to the table. I hope and expect that you will have an idea and bring it to the table. But the way I really want to work is that together we're going to have a third idea that is better than either of our ideas.'
Working with Chaplin was very amusing and strange. His films are so funny, but working with him, I found him to be a very serious man. Whereas the films of Hitchcock are macabre, he could be a very funny man to work with, always telling jokes and holding court. Of course, when I worked with Charlie he was getting older.
Grief is hard on friendships but it doesnt have to be. Sometimes all it takes is a little honesty between friends. If we gently and lovingly explain what we need from the relationship during our time of grief and what we are willing to do in return we can turn even a lukewarm friendship into something special.