"It's the unusual leading man. Most of the Hollywood leading men are powerful and capable and strong, heroes. He has this vulnerability, he's fragile, he struggles to find a way to live from day to day that we can identify with, that we can understand"
- Mark Rydell
About this Quote
This quote by Mark Rydell talks to the power of an unconventional leading guy in Hollywood. Rather than the common strong and capable hero, this leading man is susceptible and fragile, and his struggles to make it through each day are something that audiences can associate with. This type of character is more relatable and allows viewers to get in touch with the story on a deeper level. It is this vulnerability that makes the leading male stand apart from the rest and makes the story more engaging. By creating a character that is more human and flawed, the audience is able to empathize with him and his journey. This quote talks to the power of a non-traditional leading man and how it can make a story more significant and impactful.
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