Part of being a writer is good people-watching skills. You know, studying others and how they interact in different situations.
While I was sick the week before Christmas, I was in bed watching the Today show. I found myself studying how the hosts adapted to their celebrity guests. And it made me think about character development.
One of the guests was Matt Damon. He's a nice guy, laid back. A dad with four girls for whom celebrity came early with a writing Oscar. A kindred spirit.
When Matt Lauer interviewed him there came that obligatory point where Lauer says to Damon that everyone in Hollywood sings Damon's praises, what a nice guy he is, etc., etc.
And then Lauer says, "I just don't see it."
Everyone laughs, even the camera guys. Damon makes some witty reply.
Segments later, the group is with Liam Neeson talking about Toys for Tots. They're also talking about the new Voyage of the Dawn Treader movie and his role as Aslan. Lauer makes a comment about how hard it is to talk to Neeson because of his voice and the Aslan character. It's meant to be a joke.
Neeson replies that Aslan has become something of a goodwill ambassador in the protection of large cats around the globe.
The hosts become serious again, yes, this is a weighty matter. The smiles are still there, but there's no belly laughing.
Neeson is a serious-minded fellow, who got his start playing extremely serious roles on the stage.
Then I got to thinking, "How would that scene have changed if Neeson had begun spouting Aslan lines and tried to intimidate Lauer." I think it would've been very funny. It would've changed the entire tone of the scene.
I just wanted to note this interaction for future writing authenticity. So what's on your minds, writer-friends? Then New Year maybe?
Have an awesome weekend and a fabulous Friday! Do some people-watching while you celebrate.
See you next year~ (wink)<3