Ron Howard

  • Aired:  01/13/11
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Ron Howard explains how he's been able to repress his cynicism after being in show business for 52 years. (6:26)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT AN ACADEMY

AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR WHOSE NEW

FILM IS CALLED "÷úÑiTHE DILEMMA."

>> YOU ARE IN LOVE.

KIT BE REWARDING AND VERY

FILLING, LIKE A WARM STEW.

IT HONESTLY IS.

LOOK, IF YOU WANT ICE CREAM, GO

IN THE CAR AND GET ICE CREAM.

YOU DON'T WORRY IN A WHILE I'M

DRIVING I MIGHT HAVE CHEST PAINS

AND YOU VEER OFF YOU KILL A

BUNCH OF SENIORS AND TODDLERS.

YOU GET YOUR ICE CREAM.

AND YOU KNOW WHAT, 99% OF THE

TIME YOU'LL END UP AT THE SHOP

WITH A BIG HOT FUDGE SUNDAE.

NUTS!

>> I'M NOT UNDERSTANDING WHAT

YOU ARE TRYING TO SAY TO ME.

>> APPARENTLY.

>> Jon: PLEASE WELCOME BACK TO

THE SHOW RON HOWARD.

WHAT IS UP, BROTHER.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: WHAT IS HAPPENING?

ABOUT.

WHAT?

>> Jon: I DON'T KNOW.

HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE MOVIES THE

DA VINCI CODE.

ANGELS AND DEMONS.

WHAT IS THE TRILOGY YOU ARE

WORKING ON?

>> THE DARK TOWER SERIES.

>> Jon: YOU HAVE THE BROADEST

CAREER.

>> I LOVE ALL KINDS OF MOVIES

AND I WANT TO EXPLORE THE

MEDIUM.

AS AN ACTOR WAS CATEGORIZED IN A

PARTICULAR WAY PRETTY MUCH.

AS I FILMMAKER I WANTED TO MAKE

SURE THAT I RAN THE GAMUT.

I HAVE NOT DONE A COMEDY IN A

LONG TIME BUT BEING AROUND

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT WHICH I WAS

ONE OF THE PRODUCERS ON --

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

-- A COUPLE YEARS AGO I NOTICED

I ENJOYED BEING AROUND THE

WRITERS AND ACTORS AND IT WAS

FUN BEING INVOLVED.

I STARTED LOOKING FOR SOMETHING

I COULD KREBLGT.

I DIDN'T -- -- COULD DIRECT.

I FOUND THIS TO BE A FRESH

INTERESTING SUBJECT.

>> Jon: IT'S A -- YOU KNOW,

WHAT IS AMAZING TO ME IS YOU'VE

BEEN ABLE TO MAINTAIN YOUR

ENTHUSIASM.

HOW LONG HAVE BEEN IN THIS

STPWHEUZ SINCE YOU WERE A CHILD.

HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU

STARTED?

[COUGHING]

>> Jon: ARE YOU GOING TO DIE?

IS IT A PIECE OF BEARD?

WHAT DO YOU HAVE IN THERE?

>> CATCHING MY WIFE'S COLD.

>> Jon: LET'S JUST DO THIS.

>> 52 YEARS.

THAT WAS THE ANSWER TO YOUR

QUESTION.

>> Jon: YOU'VE BEEN IN THIS

BUSINESS 52 YEARS?

>> RIGHT.

>> Jon: AND YOU ARE ONLY 49.

HOW DID YOU PULL THAT OFF?

YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR IT.

YOUR LACK OF CYNICISM TOWARDS IT

AND IT'S A BUSINESS IN MANY WAYS

BUILT ON THAT, HOW WOULD YOU BE

ABLE TO MAINTAIN THAT.

HAVE YOU BEEN SHELTERED?

ARE YOU RESILIENT?

WHAT IS THE SECRET TO

CONTINUING?

>> IT'S CREATIVE, IT'S

DIFFERENT.

EVERY NEWS STORY WHETHER IT'S A

COMEDY OR A DRAMA YOU ARE

EXPLORING SOMETHING ABOUT

PEOPLE.

THE TALENTED PEOPLE -- OH, MY

GOD.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: DO YOU WANT TO WHISPER

IT TO ME.

>> IT'S BECOMING AN EPISODE OF

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT OR THE

SIMPSONS.

>> Jon: IF YOU WANT TO WRITE

IT DOWN AND I'LL READ IT FOR

YOU.

>> I THINK I'M OKAY [MAKING

CLEARING THROAT SOUNDS] YOU WERE

SAYING?

>> I GOT IT NOW.

>> Jon: NOW WE GOT IT.

>> IT'S ENDLESSLY FASCINATING.

WHETHER YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING

ABOUT SCIENCE OR THE MIND OR

POLITICS OR A COMEDY ABOUT, YOU

KNOW, CONTEMPORARY CIRCUMSTANCES

AS TRICKY AND PARTICULAR AS THIS

ONE IN THE DILEMMA IT'S FUN.

I GREW UP IN IT.

I WAS A CHILD ACTOR.

THE ENVIRONMENT IS A PLACE I'M

COMFORTABLE.

THAT PROCESS IS EXCITING AND I

LOVE CREATING STORIES.

>> Jon: IT FEELS AS THOUGH YOU

WERE ALMOST DESIGNED FOR THIS

BUSINESS IN THAT --

[LAUGHTER]

-- IN THE RESILIENCE OF IT.

IS THAT -- WHAT DROVE YOU TO GET

INTO -- IF IT'S 52 YEARS AGO YOU

]U"T HAVE BEEN A --

>> WELL, I WAS 4.

>> Jon: YOU SAID AT THAT TIME

TO YOUR PARENTS, I WOULD LIKE TO

DIRECT.

>> AND THEN DIRECT.

>> Jon: YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL

STORIES IN MOVING PICTURES.

>> MY DAD IS IN THE DILEMMA.

CONTINUES TO ACT AT AGE 82.

HE LOVES IT.

IT WAS INFECTIOUS.

I WAS LUCKY.

I KNEW I LIKED IT.

THE ENVIRONMENT ON THE ANDY

GRIFFITH SHOW WAS CREATIVE.

IT WAS COLLABORATIVE AND THE

ACTORS WERE HAVING A GREAT TIME.

PEOPLE WERE GETTING SOMETHING

OUT OF IT AND IT WAS GOOD TO BE

A PART OF IT.

>> Jon: EVEN IN THE TIMES, THE

BUSINESS BEING ON THAT SHOW, IT

WAS SUCH A LIGHT SHOW.

THE PEOPLE SEEMED LIKE GOOD

PEOPLE.

WERE YOU NOT EXPOSED TO THE SORT

OF MORE NEGATIVE SIDE.

MAYBE AN EARLY FOUNDATIONAL

TIME.

>> VERY LUCKY.

IT WAS A GREAT ENVIRONMENT AND

IT REALLY WAS CREATIVE.

EVEN AS A LITTLE KID I WAS

ACTUALLY ALLOWED TO COMMENT.

FOR EXAMPLE, PEOPLE WOULD SAY

THAT THIS AND THE OTHER.

THIS LINE DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT AND

SO FORTH.

FOR THE WHOLE FIRST SEASON I

KEPT THROWING IN MY TWO CENTS

AND NO ONE SEEMED TOiT8&?mX ftX 6C:e;IW

IN THE SECOND EPISODE OF THE

SECOND SEASON, I REMEMBER THIS.

I WAS SUPPOSED TO COME BACKING

INTO THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND

SAY SOMETHING.

I STOPPED AND THE DIRECTOR SAID

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM.

I SAID I DON'T THINK A KID WOULD

SAY IN THIS WAY.

I SAID WHATEVER I THOUGHT IT WAS

AND HE SAID, FINE, SAY IT THAT

WAY.

I REMEMBER FEELEY REALLY --

FEELING REALLY HAPPY TO HAVE AN

IDEA.

ANDY SAID, COME ON, WHAT ARE YOU

STANDING THERE FOR YOUNGIN?

YOU WOULD ACTUALLY CALL PEOPLE

YOUNGIN.

>> Jon: WHEN YOU WALKED TO THE

SET WOULD YOU ACTUALLY WHISTLE

THAT SONG, TOO?

>> HE WOULD SAY WHAT IS THE

MATTER, RONNIE?

WHAT IS GOING ON?

I SAID IT'S THE FIRST IDEA YOU

ACCEPTED.

ANDY SAID, IT WAS THE FIRST ONE

THAT WAS ANY DAMN GOOD.

>> Jon: IF EVERYONE HAD THE

TYPE OF ATTITUDE THEY HAD IN

THEIR LINE OF WORK IT SEEMS

LIKE --

>> I'M LUCKY.

I LOVE IT.

>> Jon: THE FILMS YOU MAKE ARE

SUCH A NICE LEVEL.

I APPRECIATE IT.

>> THANKS.

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