Ang Lee has
tackled English period drama, kung fu, and gay cowboy
romance. Just don't expect him to make small talk at a
dinner party. The Oscar-winning director says that
despite his celebrity he's extremely shy and struggles
with social interaction.
''When I'm off
the set, it's hard for me to carry a conversation. That's
more difficult for me than making a movie,'' he said
Saturday on CNN's Talk Asia. ''Making a movie, I have
plans in my head. Somehow, one way or another, I
manage to roll the camera and get something in the
can. But off the set, at the dining table...it's still
awkward for me,'' said Lee, a native of Taiwan.
filmmaker said he feels comfortable ''momentarily'' if
the conversation turns to movies, but ''that's kind of about
it. It's hard for me to feel comfortable socially,''
he said. ''I'm always shy. It's just part of my
Lee won an Oscar
for Brokeback Mountain. His Chinese-language
spy thriller Lust, Caution won the top Golden
Lion prize at this year's Venice Film Festival. His
films also include Hulk; Crouching Tiger, Hidden
Dragon; and Sense and Sensibility. He said
being one of the most famous Chinese-speaking directors in
the world is a tremendous burden.
''I'd rather be
watching somebody else carry the torch,'' Lee said.
''It's an incredible burden on my shoulder. But I'm
passionate about making movies. So as far as I'm
concerned, that's the duty I have.'' (AP)
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