I don’t expect to see this new film Battleship. But I loved this insight from its director. Peter Berg gives his actors slightly scary challenges. Here’s his reasoning:

“Remember Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid?” he asks.

“Sundance liked to move. If he stood still and tried to shoot he couldn’t hit anything. If he was allowed to move he could hit it.”

It’s like that with actors, he explains. “Nervousness sets in. It’s best to shake them around a little bit. Just say: ‘It’s ok, try something stupid, you’re not going to get in trouble.'”

This makes loads of sense to me.

4 thoughts on “Move

  1. James Whatley

    Ha, that is the *exact* same question I ask event organisers whenever I’m invited to talk.

    “Will there be a lectern that I have to be stuck to, or can I have a radio mic?”


    “Have you seen Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid? I’m better when I can move.”

    Basically Johnnie, I 100% agree 🙂

  2. Antonio Dias


    Internally, this means accepting our own vulnerability and recognizing that our connection with intelligence comes about not through pre-meditation which tends to just build up elaborate defenses for our rationalizations, but from jumping off and letting what happens happen.

    Between and among us it amounts to establishing and maintaining our trust in each other so that each is not pushed back into a defensive posture.

    Either internally or among us without movement there is death. This insight requires that we accept fallibility and remain open to what cannot be foreseen or defended.

  3. Chris

    Some mechanical control systems are deliberately made to ‘dither’ rather than stay static – it makes them more responsive.

    Batsmen at the crease also use ‘trigger’ movements rather than stay still waiting for the ball.

    As above…so below


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