At our weekly "Meet the Biz" acting classes, we have an opportunity to sit one-on-one with actors, producers or casting directors. It is an intimate setting in a private home in Hollywood. This week we were fortunate to spend some time with Actor/Director, Bruce Davison.
Bruce Davison made quite the splash in his first feature film, "Last Summer". He joined other newcomers such as Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas and Catherine Burns. He starred in the film, "Willard". Yes, that movie about all those rats!
He worked with veteran actor Lucille Ball in "Mame". He played a sympathetic lover who has an affair with Illeana Douglas in "Grace of My Heart". In 1990, he received an Oscar nomination for playing the role of a gay man in "Longtime Companion". Most recently he has played Senator Kelly in the "X-Men".
It was wonderful to sit with him as he shared his life from Philadelphia to Hollywood. He shared the ups and downs of this business. He made us laugh with stories about Hollywood legends such as Lucille Ball, Anthony Quinn, and Burt Lancaster. Some of the actors got to read scripts for him and we all learned various acting techniques.
He said he has never seen things as slow as they are right now. But he did say that necessity is the mother of invention and things will get better. He gave us various tips on how to nail that audition and how to create opportunities for ourselves.
Thanks for sharing with fellow actors, Bruce. You have given us things to think about; tips to use and you have opened our eyes to the beautiful words of Shakespeare.