Steven Spielberg is a billionaire, a box office hit maker, and a multi-award winner, but those achievements didn’t come easy. He struggled throughout his childhood with his religion (Orthodox Judaism), having faced anti-Semitic prejudice and bullying from schoolmates and neighbors. In 2007, the director was diagnosed with dyslexia, which he didn’t disclose until five years later in an interview.
“I never felt like a victim. Movies really helped me... kind of saved me from shame, from guilt. Making movies was my great escape,” he said in an interview with the Friends of Quinn website. “When I felt like an outsider, movies made me feel inside my own skill set.”
In this video interview, Spielberg discusses how he overcame dyslexia, his embarrassment during his school-age years, and how important reading has become for his job as director. He admits that while it takes him almost three hours to read something someone else can finish in less than two, he finds that he retains information perhaps better than the average person. He can appreciate and savor good writing this way. For an intimate conversation with one of the great filmmakers of our time, watch this clip.
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