Billy Crystal: 5 Life Lessons on Saying "I," Doing Good and Going Ughhh
4) What That Silly Voice Really Means..."Everyone, hopefully in their lives, has fallen in love and fallen out of it—and also found out how sometimes it's difficult for people to get to that point of saying 'I love you.' That was the task of When Harry Met Sally. Rehearsing the whole scene in the temple of Dendur, I used this funny voice with Meg Ryan, because everyone's got a silly side, and, with somebody you're starting to really like, you let that silly side of you out. The director, Rob Reiner, said, 'Let's just shoot it.' And it ended up being, for me, my favorite scene in the movie. Because they're falling in love with each other, and there's little looks where they kind of know it but don't at the same time. And I think that's why, to this day, it still rings true with people."
5) The Greatest Part of Doing a Good Job..."Everybody, no matter what profession you're in, has some moment where you walk away going, 'Yeah, I did that one good!' Without sounding cocky or bragging. For me, as a comedian, this moment came when I hosted the Oscars. Johnny Carson called me afterwards—and that was amazing, that I'll always remember. But I think one of the most important things is also to be able to tell yourself you were good that night. It's important not to have to get it from other people. For me, that was a long time coming, and when it finally does come, it's a great, great feeling."
Billy Crystal is the author of Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?
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