There eventually comes a point in everyone's career, where they've established a reputation strong enough to no longer need to prove themselves before doing their job. Whether you're a mechanic, an author, a pilot, a chef or a director, you will eventually reach the point where people just trust you enough to do a good job.
For #GuyRitchie, this came pretty early on in his career when both Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch received rave reviews from critics. Since then, he's continuously proved to be a skillful director with movies like Sherlock Holmes and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. So, it's a surprise to hear that he still experiences a great amount of fear when going into a new project.
At last Friday's press conference for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Ritchie revealed that he still feels an "overriding sense of fear" when he's in the process of making a movie — something I believe we can all relate to. At any point, when we are doing something we truly love, there's always the fear that we're not truly good enough to be doing what we're doing. To know that a director of such caliber also feels this way makes it feel far more normal than we already know it is.
Ritchie goes on to explain how this fear is a good thing and how he essentially uses this fear to propel him forward and continue making movies:
"There's two types of fear. There's positive fear and negative fear. The type of fear that galvanizes activity is the type of fear I can live with. So I can live with the fear."
It's quite clear that despite having the opportunity to make his version of #KingArthur (with a budget of $102 million no less), Guy Ritchie manages to keep his feet firmly planted on the ground. He knows that his fear is simply a fear of the film not being good enough. That fear is what keeps him on track to making the exemplary films we've seen from him thus far.
This statement alone stands as a bit of an encouragement or motivation for anyone doing something they truly have a passion for. We all feel a bit of fear doing something we really love. Not just when we just do it, but when we share it with somebody. Every time I publish an article (this one included) I'm afraid it will tank and receive meager views at best. More often than not, I'm wrong. However, that fear is always there for me. Ritchie has summed up very concisely how this fear is not only a good thing, but almost a necessity.
He proceeds to expound on that fear and how he feels that it's come about, proving that he is one of the most relatable and down-to-Earth directors out there:
"I have to tell you, that being a film director is... I couldn't think of a more pleasurable job. I don't really like to say this in public, but I'd do it for free. Actually more than that, I would pay to do it. So I think the fear comes from that. You're still living out a childhood fantasy. By playing a film director, it's a role. And that's a fantasy."
It's quite clear that Ritchie loves what he does. He even goes as far to allude to the fact that he wanted to be a film director since he was a child; probably since about the time he saw John Boorman's Excalibur (which he cites as his first exposure to Arthurian legend at the ripe age of 10).
It's refreshing to know that those involved in the act of filmmaking love it just as much as we do. Of course, it can be assumed and inferred, but it's great when we actually hear it coming from those involved directly.
What other directors do you most look up to for inspiration?
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword hits theaters May 12th, 2017.