132: John Malkovich on Understanding Fame, Talent, and Failure

“Once fame became something very different, I think you’d have to be blind not to look back on it and say, was this worth while or was this what I should have done?”

John Malkovich is an acclaimed actor, director, producer, and fashion designer.

In this episode, John discusses his perspective on talent, fame, and failure. John reflects on his Midwestern upbringing and lessons learned from the death of numerous family members. John recounts his beginnings as an actor from the Steppenwolf Theatre Company to his breakthrough into film. He offers insight on how the world has changed during his time as an actor and the experience of questioning one’s life path. John considers the phenomenon of fame and how it has impacted his life. He shares on his passion for fashion design and the importance of failure in creative and life endeavors. Lastly, John explores how talent is a responsibility and previews exciting projects and films on his calendar.

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