Watch: M. Night Shyamalan Recalls His Parents Disapproving of Film School
It wasn't always smooth sailing for the director of 'The Sixth Sense.'
With the filmmaker's latest blockbuster, Glass, set to open this weekend, director M. Night Shyamalan is making the publicity rounds, discussing his multi-decade long career and the ups and downs he's experienced along the way.
While his path to success included film school (Shyamalan was a 1992 graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts), it wasn't an easy ride, especially when he initially chose to attend. In an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, Shyamalan reflected on his parents' initial reservation to his career choice, noting "[it's like] you're on the road to damnation, and that makes sense in a practical way, because they [his parents] did this whole hard road, really practically done, and then their son's going into a field that has no guarantees, that no one who has ever done this. I'm from the east coast, I'm Indian, we're immigrants, there is no one like this doing anything like this, there's no road for this."
With a scholarship in hand, Shyamalan did ultimately make the decision to attend film school, even if his father remained disapproving in the immediate aftermath. Shyamalan reflects on that father-son conversation (and more) below.
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