Ron Howard Said His 1st Real Acting Lesson Came From a Can Hanging From a Broomstick

by Jeremy Spirogis
Sheldon Golomb as Arnold, left, and Ron Howard as Opie in a scene from
Sheldon Golomb as Arnold, left, and Ron Howard as Opie in a scene from 'The Andy Griffith Show'
Sheldon Collins as Arnold, left, and Ron Howard as Opie in a scene
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For former The Andy Griffith Show star Ron Howard, his first appearing expertise was as a younger baby.

His expertise and allure have been obvious even at his younger age. The filmmaker and director defined in an interview that one in every of his first appearing classes oddly concerned a can and a broomstick. And it labored.

Ron Howard couldn’t learn his personal script when he began

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Ron Howard was simply 6 years previous when he joined the Andy Griffith Show forged. He couldn’t learn his traces and memorize them like his grownup costars.

It was his father Rance Howard who, to start with, “taught me my lines. I couldn’t read,” he advised the Archive of American Television in 2006.

His father was additionally an actor and would “teach me the dialogue. The great thing he did was he was teaching me good, solid fundamentals about acting. My dad was teaching me to act.”

Howard defined his 1st appearing lesson

Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier of 'The Andy Griffith Show'Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier of 'The Andy Griffith Show'
Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, and Frances Bavier of ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ | CBS through Getty Images

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Ron Howard recalled an expertise through which his father took him to audition for an MGM casting director. The casting director favored the best way the kid actor carried out a scene however needed him to do a display screen take a look at. Howard remembered how his dad prepped him to behave in entrance of a digital camera.

“I do remember learning this scene,” he mentioned. “And they mentioned they needed to do a take a look at. I bear in mind my dad and a friend of his, one other actor, I bear in mind practising for this take a look at.

“My dad had his friend hang a can from a broomstick, so it was like a boom mic, and move it around. And the idea was, my dad was trying to teach me to concentrate on the other actor.”

Howard mentioned the lesson stayed with him all through his profession.

“That’s one of the first things that I ever remember learning, was to concentrate and really listen to the other actor,” he mentioned. “Really, really listen to what they’re saying and your next line will make sense.”

The ‘Opie’ actor’s remembrance of Andy Griffith

After the 2012 dying of the person he known as “Pa” for thus a few years, Ron Howard reminisced in an Op-Ed for The Los Angeles Times about what he realized by Andy Griffith’s facet.

“He was known for ending shows by looking at the audience and saying ‘I appreciate it, and good night.’ Perhaps the greatest enduring lesson I learned from eight seasons playing Andy’s son Opie on the show was that he truly understood the meaning of those words, and he meant them, and there was value in that,” Howard wrote.

In a heartfelt tweet at the moment, the previous baby actor wrote, “Andy Griffith His pursuit of excellence and the joy he took in creating served generations & shaped my life I’m forever grateful RIP Andy.”

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