Sept 20 2007 episode
Tonight’s show featured conversations with two guests who have been on The Hour before, Paul Franklin and Lisa Ray. I appreciated both of them for their frankness. Well, a partial frankness. It seemed to me that they spoke their minds, but that there were some things they wanted to keep private. Likely with different things motivating them to do so. I found myself trying to read between the lines with both of them.
When George asked Franklin about how things were for him and his family his reply seemed honest. But I also sensed that he did not want to say too much – perhaps to protect his wife’s privacy, perhaps because he wants to project a certain positive attitude to the public. George began the question with a description of a documentary about an American soldier who has returned from Iraq paralyzed and is now an anti-war activist. This is not the route Franklin has gone and I wonder if his choice of words were selected with that in mind. He made it clear that he supports the Canadian presence in Afganistan. Focusing on the challenges he faces may go against his personality (he presents himself as a strong and very determined man), but he may also be aware that focusing on challenges might be giving ammunition to those who oppose Canada’s involvement.
Ray was careful in a different way. She seemed a bit awkward at first and then opened up as she discussed her acting choices from a metaphysical perspective. She gave the impression that she has a good sense of herself and what she wants. She acknowledged some conceited behaviours from her past (it was at this point I found her at her most comfortable). To be a successful dramatic actor one does have to feel that he/she has something special to offer – a certain amount of ego is required. Still there was this contradictory physical behaviour – playing with her hair, covering her face with her hand. In any case, the combination of revelation and discomfort made me feel curious about her and what she wanted to gain from the experience of the interview. I always wonder about actors.
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