2017 Tribeca Film Festival: Ron Howard Walks the Red Carpet for ‘Genius’

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NEW YORK CITY – Ron Howard is going back to TV. The TV actor-turned-film-director is exploring the life of Albert Einstein in “Genius,” produced as a mini-series for the National Geographic Channel. Howard was on the Red Carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival, and HollywoodChicago.com was there to get this Exclusive Photo.

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Producer/Director Ron Howard at the Tribeca Film Festival for ‘Genius’ on April 21st, 2017
Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago.com

Of course, Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com was there to ask a few questions of the show business titan.

HollywoodChicago.com: What was the origin of your involvement with ‘Genius’?

Ron Howard: We didn’t develop it. The company Oddlot Entertainment brought it to me, with a script, and I thought it was a great idea. Brian Glazer [Howard’s production partner] brought it to National Geographic, and we didn’t even have to shop it around. They said yes. We knew the timing was right.

HollywoodChicago.com: When you were on your first film, ‘Grand Theft Auto’ in 1977, and you yelled action for the first time, did you use that first shot in the final cut?

Howard: No I didn’t, because I also had to act in it. It was my first take, on my first day of directing, and I walked into the shot as an actor as well. It was lousy, and we had to do it again, to get it better. [laughs]

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival runs from Wednesday, April 19th through Sunday, April 30th. Follow Patrick McDonald on Twitter throughout the Festival on Twitter @ubercritic and @hollywoodchi. For more general information on 2017 Tribeca, click here. “Genius,” produced and directed by Ron Howard, premieres on April 25th, 2017, on the National Geographic Channel. See providers for channel location.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

By PATRICK McDONALD
Writer, Editorial Coordinator
HollywoodChicago.com
pat@hollywoodchicago.com

© 2017 Patrick McDonald, HollywoodChicago.com

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