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.
OH.. I love Ang Lee!
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.
His movies are subtle, poignant and epic. One of my fave directors.
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.
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.