Ang Lee is a sensitive, QUIET director, says ‘Life of Pi’ star Adil Hussain


Here is “Life of Pi” star Adil Hussain, on what it’s like to work with the quietly inspirational Ang Lee.

He is a silent co-musician with an added responsibility of being the conductor of the most complex orchestra. You’ll always feel that he’s only with you, co-creating; but he’s with everybody at the same time, with equal intensity and respect regardless of the popularity or stature of the actor.

He’s so sensitive and the way he directs you is so silent. He’d whisper into your ear what he has to say. He’d walk all the way from the den where he would sit, with 500 3D screens watching the shoot, to where you were shooting, if he had something to tell you. He wouldn’t just yell at his assistant asking him to convey the message; he’d always do so personally.

His language isn’t just verbal though, it’s some sort of energy transmission. And that makes you perform. That’s why a first-time actor like Suraj (who played the protagonist Pi Molitor Patel) could give this sort of an amazing performance. It cannot be solely through intellectual coaching.

Read more: Ang Lee is a sensitive and silent director, says ‘Life of Pi’ star Adil Hussain



  1. JK on 13.03.2013 at 11:44 (Reply)

    OH.. I love Ang Lee!

  2. CT on 14.03.2013 at 04:20 (Reply)

    However, some americans would like to ask questions like ‘What do you think of Ang Lee? Does he deserve the best director award?’… Salute to Ang Lee, the very humble, gifted director and I am a Malaysian.

  3. Shane on 14.03.2013 at 09:19 (Reply)

    His movies are subtle, poignant and epic. One of my fave directors.

  4. Delicia Lin on 16.03.2013 at 00:30 (Reply)

    Ang Lee’s movies and his personal story exemplify what a quiet man can achieve with his thoughtfulness, sensitivity and patience. I wish the media could pay more attention to that than just his Oscar award.

  5. Ron S. on 10.04.2013 at 21:59 (Reply)

    Very rare qualities, Id say especially in America. We are so much about ourselves and the mainstreams of things and what we can accomplish. It seems that Ang Lee has embraced ways to influence others by helping them to be better at what they do to enhance the bigger picture in a humble and caring and truistic way. I definitely admire that. It is not always what you do but how you do it.

Leave a comment

Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012


1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

Read More

Join the Quiet Revolution
Susan on Facebook