Now that the Oscars are behind us, with all the glamour and madness that comes with it, we decided we’d like to hear from someone who represented the Hollywood of old, along with all the graciousness, humbleness and love of craft & the biz that comes with such experience.
This feeling was inspired during the presentation on Sunday, when, while saddened to see the various names and faces of those who have passed over the last 12 months, we also felt a surge of gratefulness for all those who came before us and that we had them for as long as we did. The desire to listen to one of the greats and soak up the information, stories and knowledge they held became very strong – which was the point where we thanked the powers that be for the internet. We were delighted, after a quick search, to discover this interview from the Screen Actors Guild Foundation’s “Conversation” series that features one of the greats who only recently left us, industry legend, Mickey Rooney, undertaken in 2004.
This is a chance to hear about the history of American entertainment – from burlesque and vaudeville to movies and television to online, this man has experienced it all and his stories are fascinating and enlightening, insightful and funny. “Change is good as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody.”
The biggest takeaway advice: “Don’t retire, inspire.” And that’s exactly what he did and does. Enjoy.