Shame & Loathing In Mayberry and Points East
Barbara Nicolosi at Church of the Masses has an interesting take on recent appearances by Ron Howard (director) and Tom Hanks (lead role) on Leno.
...my sense was that Howard was projecting nothing so much as a guilty conscience...
...of course, people who do things they wouldn't normally do, just because there is a lot of money involved tend to be filled with a sense of loathsomeness and shame. Both of these things cause inordinate stress, which makes people act out, laugh too hard, speak too loudly, act defensive, and crave many, many voices to tell them, "You're okay. You didn't do anything wrong."
I saw Tom Hank's appearance last week on Letterman and was wondering the same thing. The first 11 1/2 minutes he's just joking around, relaxed, telling funny stories, pretty much what you'd expect from someone with his experience.
Then the topic switched to the movie, and there was a very noticeable change. Hanks just looked so uncomfortable and unconvincing. He really looked like he was just wishing that this would all go away, or at least make him boatloads of money and then maybe, just maybe he might feel better.
You can watch the second part of the appearance here. You still have to sit though a minute and a half or so of the chit chat, then the rest is about the movie. Watch for yourself and decide - I find it very telling.
(btw the first part of the appearance is also posted, but does not pertain to the movie)