Directed "Caligula" on Broadway. Written by Albert Camus
. Material adapted by Justin O'Brien. 54th Street Theatre: 16 Feb 1960-19 Mar 1960 (38 performances).
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[on actors] I understand what they're going through. The self-exposure, which is at the heart of all their work, is done using their own body. It's their sexuality, their strength or weakness, their fear. And that's extremely painful. And when they're not doing it in their performance, they pull back. They get shy. Paul Newman
, who I worked with on The Verdict
(1982), is one of the shyest men ...
Served in the Army during WWII.
On all his films he assembles the cast for a two week rehearsal in which they perform the script from beginning to end like a play. This cuts down on the need for repeated takes during filming.