Watch: Mike Nichols Discusses ‘Death of a Salesman’, Improv and His Career

Mike-nichols-times-talksHere is something I just learned: Mike Nichols has an EGOT. He’s got 4 Emmy’s, a Grammy, an Oscar and 8 Tony’s. I wonder if he has a big gold chain like Tracy Jordan has on 30 Rock? If he did, I don’t think I could like another human more.

In this Times Talks video, brought to us by The New York Times, he talks about his current Broadway show Death of a Salesman, The Graduate, improvising, his film career and more. It’s over an hour long but it’s fantastic.

When talking about Salesman, he says that he always knew that he wanted to direct the show and knew he wanted to do it with star Philip Seymour Hoffman. But, it took a while for ‘Phil’ as he calls him, to face it because it’s ‘not fun to do [the role]. Hoffman talks about that in this post

He answers the question that I’ve heard people talk about: Is Hoffman too young for the role of Willy Loman? He says that there are two parts to the role; one is 43 years old and the other is 63, so “which one are you casting? Either way, you’d have to play the other part by acting.” So, he goes on to say, “it’s an imaginary problem.”

Check it out below!  

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