suntimes
GRACIOUS
Weather Updates

Ron Howard recalls working with Andy Griffith in advance of Mayberry’s 50th anniversary

Actor-director Ron Howard spoke with the Sun-Times in 2010 about his experience on “The Andy Griffith Show.” Here is an excerpt:

Q. What was it like being under the tutelage of a comedic master?

A. Well, I definitely learned so much there. And as a kid, I had no idea of the kind of education that I was getting. I think toward the end of the run, when I was 13 or 14 years old, I was beginning to get a sense of just what a privileged situation it was. Because even as a 6- or 7-year-old, I was allowed to hang around during the rewrite sessions and just hear what was going on. And it was fantastic for me.

Q. What did Andy teach you comedically, from a writing and acting standpoint?

A. Lots and lots about timing. And lots about the difference between playing something absolutely for real and having to heighten something or stress a certain line. Let me put it this way: He was basically teaching me the music of comedy, or the algebra of it.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.