Monday, December 29, 2008

Q and A

Newspapers and magazines seem more than usually full these days of the sort of 'profile' question and answer interviews that they obviously collect and keep available. Fillers, if you like.
I almost always read them. Occasionally an answer seems to manage to betray that the interviewee is a nice person, whilst giving stock answers to questions such as, 'What word or phrase do you overuse?' or 'How often do you have sex?'

Take this from actor Michael Sheen's grilling by Starters in Saturday's Guardian:

Question: Which living person do you most admire, and why?
Answer: Some anonymous Red Cross worker in a war-torn area no one will have heard of.

Now there is a person who is a good actor precisely because they understand the relative importance of actors. And a good person precisely because they know what is important in life. Being well enough known to do a profile interview isn't important. Thanks. Inspiring.

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