David Mamet’s Hard Lessons Learned in the Ring


Jean Renori said he made movies for the close-ups. I didn’t understand what he meant until I made a fight film. There is little more beautiful than a fighter’s face. Audrey Hepburn was the face of beauty, but if wisdom is knowledge perfected by suffering, the fighter’s is the face of wisdom.My new film, “Redbelt,” is a fight film; in it Ray Mancini — the former lightweight champion of the world — plays a movie fight director.

ESPN was doing a documentary about Ray a few months back and asked me what I like about his acting. I said: “He’s sad. All fighters are sad. ”Here are three examples I’ve remembered all my life: Takashi Shimura, Kola Kwariani and Stanislaus Zbyszko.

(New York Times) 

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