Are You Facing Difficulties?

I came across this quote recently. I wrote it down when I read All I Did Was Ask, by Terry Gross, and it makes me think every time I read it. It’s from an interview with actor Michael Caine in 1992:

“Well, I was rehearsing a play, and there was a scene that went on before me, then I had to come in the door. They rehearsed the scene, and one of the actors had thrown a chair at the other one. It landed right in front of the door where I came in. I opened the door and then rather lamely, I said to the producer who was sitting out in the stalls, “Well, look, I can’t get in. There’s a chair in my way.” He said, “Well, use the difficulty.” So I said, what do you mean, use the difficulty?” He said, “Well, if it’s a drama, pick it up and smash it. If it’s a comedy, fall over it.” This was a line for me for life: Always use the difficulty.”

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