“Use the difficulty”

Michael Caine talking about rehearsing a play where other actors improvising had got carried away.

โ€œThey started throwing things, and he threw a chair, and it lodged in the doorway. And I went to open the door, and I got my head around, and I went [to the director], โ€˜Iโ€™m sorry, sir, I canโ€™t get in.โ€™

“He said, โ€˜What do you mean?โ€™

“I said, โ€˜Thereโ€™s a chair there.’

“He said to me, โ€˜Use the difficulty.’

โ€œI said, โ€˜What do you mean?โ€™

“He said, โ€˜Well, if itโ€™s a comedy, fall over it. If itโ€™s a drama, pick it up and smash it. Use the difficulty.โ€™”