In a Lonely Place on 02-05-2019

Here’s what’s clear to me today: they hadn’t rehearsed this scene. She hadn’t thought through the mechanics of smoking a cigarette held by somebody else’s three fingers and thumb. And he, in the last couple years of his life, knew he had the chops. He was already Bogart, and didn’t need rehearsals, and this is why he had become an icon. So you just do it. When you reach that place, even the imperfections, especially the imperfections, become an essential aspect of your genius.