In the summer before 8th grade, I bought Guy Ritchie's movie Snatch from a Sam Goody and watched it every day before I went to work at Happy Harry's drugstore on Route 202. I loved the movie so much. I used to be able to quote every single line from start to finish. 

I watched it so much that summer that I thought it would be burnt on my brain forever. But I caught it streaming last week and the movie slipped on like an old, broken-in shoe. There were lines and parts I forgot, but it generally held up and made its way back into my favorite movies. 

Since he broke out with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Ritchie has been a raconteur of cinema. He's bounced between big studio features like Disney's Aladdin remake and King Arthur, as well as smaller, more personal projects such as The Gentleman.  

Suffice it to say, Ritchie has a lot of advice on what it's like to make it as a director. 

Check out this video from Alex Shin, and let's talk after the jump. 

Guy Ritchie Can't Spell, But He Can Give Directing Advice!

I have to admit, I laughed when Ritchie leaned into not being able to spell—though dyslexia is no joke and something you have to battle with forever. I kid my manager all the time, who constantly points out my spelling errors in scripts, that the way words are spelled doesn't mean anything. It's what they mean that's something! 

Ritchie reflecting on how he broke in I thought was very inspiring for our audience. He made a huge hit and was offered every movie, but he understood that directing was a learning process. And he wanted to learn more about himself, so he took the time to make Snatch. That takes so much courage, but it's what sustained his career. Always coming back to the story he needed to tell, even as other projects come in. 

Another thing I loved is that he brought back as many people from the cast and crew he could for Snatch. He wrote it knowing it was perfect for Statham, and he built out the characters from there. Sure, he took a swing and nabbed Brad Pitt, but he had the comfort level to succeed on a second venture because he knew how to work with these people and didn't get too big for his britches. 

But let's go back to Pitt, who saw Lock, Stock and was a fan. Because Ritchie had a script when he had a general meeting with Pitt, he could hand off the story to him to make him read a role. But when it came time to make him the Irish boxer, they had a few other problems. Pitt's accent wasn't working, and he wasn't finding the character. Ritchie would do an impression for him, but the two were far apart. 

That's what led Ritchie to step back and rethinking the role. What if Pitt just had fun? Stop trying to embody an insane boxer and start trying to be a guy who controlled the world with no one understanding what he's saying. It was a huge and bold move that made the studio terrified, but paid off in the end. 

Another key to his success is generosity. You don't make a lot of money on your first movies, they are proving cards. So when Ritchie came to Los Angeles, he had nothing. Vinnie Jones let him stay with him and helped him around town. 

Without people having his back, Ritchie maybe never would have become a huge director. There's a lot to glean from these kinds of stories. And a lot of lessons we should take to heart. But I think generosity is one that does not get mentioned enough. The more you put out into the world, the more you will receive. 

And that can be life-changing. 

Apologies for any spelling errors in this piece, just wanted to be like my 8th-grade hero. 

Let us know what you think in the comments. 

Source: Alex Shin