In a very well shot web interview, Richard Gere explains movie making and Buddhism to Sally Quinn:
Movies is hard work. I don’t know if you’ve ever been around a set. We were talking about that the other day because we need some extras on this movie. A lot of extras. And we were trying to figure out how to do it as cheaply as possible because we have a very small budget. I said well we better do it in one day–the scenes we need them for–because they are not coming back the next day. It is really boring. And unless you are really there in front of the cameras and right in the middle of where that thing is happening, it is really boring. If someone is on the outside, it’s fun for ten minutes. Then you kind of go, well this was really sexy for a while but I think I am going to go home and read the newspaper now. It’s work. It takes a lot of concentration and patience and skill, like anything.
Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
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