The schwartz is strong with this one. “Happy Days” star Ron Howard gives credit where credit is due and honors comedy legend, Mel Brooks. Brooks started trending on Twitter on Sunday. But sometimes, trending can be a positive and not a negative thing.
In this case, fans started celebrating early for Brooks’ 95th birthday. And Howard, an iconic director in his own right, decided to get in on the action. Many consider Brooks to be one of the most influential directors within the comedy genre. And Howard would have to agree.
On Twitter, Howard wrote: “among the pantheon of comedy geniuses” in response to a GIF of a Brooks’ character declaring himself the “king.”
Though heavy is the head that wears the crown, Brooks has never made it look so light. At 95-years-old, he had the kind of career that directors could only dream of. Brooks played an important role in the development of the parody and satire genre. Many consider him to be the master of both. With films like “Blazing Saddles, “Young Frankenstein,” and “Space Balls,” it’s hard to pick the best Brooks’ film.
But with carefully planned jokes, word play, and visual gags, Brooks created classics that will stand the test of time.
Ron Howard Gets Honored
While Ron Howard may be honoring Mel Brooks, Hollywood directors apparently love to praise each other’s works. And also with good reason too. While Hollywood may get portrayed as a dog-eat-dog industry, there’s also something magical about the collaborative spirit of filmmaking. This helps explain how a director like James Cameron, who produced two of the top-grossing films of all time, wishes he was more like Ron Howard.
Specifically, Cameron believed that Ron Howard was a great guy on his sets. Howard garnered a reputation in Hollywood as a director who values and takes care of his crew. Being on a Ron Howard production is a little bit like being surrounded by extended family (except you get paid). Howard also approached filmmaking as a collaborative process, and as a leader on a production, he wanted to make each crew member feel valued.
“I aspire, even today, to try to be my inner Ron Howard,” Cameron said. Cameron also admitted that he often put his vision for his films above his working relationships with the cast and crew. Over his numerous decades in Hollywood, Cameron burned some bridges with his uncompromising approach to filmmaking. While he’s produced iconic films, Cameron is also learning to let his hair down a bit as well. Every day, he’s learned to embrace his inner Ron Howard.
“I could’ve listened more,” Cameron said. “I could’ve been less autocratic, I could’ve not made the movie more important than the human interaction of the crew.”