“My old drama coach used to say, ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’ Gary Cooper wasn’t afraid to do nothing.”
Those are the words of Clint Eastwood, one of my favorite actors, and whose new movie “Gran Torino” opens today. I don’t need to see the reviews. I’m going. That’s all there is to it.
One of the reasons for Clint’s on-screen presence is, as the quote suggests, his ability to stand and say nothing.
If you want to have presence in front of an audience, you should also be willing to stand and say nothing. Sometimes, a pause is best way to get the audience’s attention.