Happy Birthday, Bill Moyers!
BILL MOYERS: Listening to you, John, I struggle with something I—you may have written it in here, I don’t remember. You’ve said or written that you actors don’t think—you actors know this is a serious world, but you don’t think you’re in a serious business.And yet when I hear you talk, whether it’s about poetry or that performance in The Changing Room or about Shakespeare, this is the most serious business of all—making us feel.
JOHN LITHGOW: No, no. Yes, I consider it a very, very serious business and a very high calling but I also relish and value its frivolity, you know, its silliness. Half of what I’ve done is completely ridiculous. And I love going back and forth between high seriousness and total nonsense and mingling them. You know, it’s one of the things that I love about my favorite roles are villains who have an inexplicable good streak, good people who do inexplicably vile things.
BILL MOYERS: So when are you doing Nixon?
Watch the rest of his interview with John Lithgow from October 11, 2011 here…