Saturday, April 20, 2024

“Cocoon” Director Ron Howard Remembers Actor Wilford Brimley: “He asked me to throw out the script & let him improvise”


Ron Howard’s 1985 film “Cocoon” is among his best and the very best of all films of the 20th century.

>When star Wilford Brimley died yesterday at age 85, Howard chimed in on Twitter with a reminiscence:

“RIP #WilfordBrimley We didn’t always see eye 2 eye but I owe this Cocoon scene to Wilford  while fishing w/the boy. I agreed & shot a few 3-camera set-ups & he was brilliant & honest via

Howard, who gets along with everyone, that news was a bit of  a surprise. A Twitter responded and asked what exactly he meant. Howard replied:
“Wilford said the script was good but the scene could be better. He was right. He was a very inventive and thoughtful actor. His influence on the movie was wonderful”

Here’s the famous scene again. It made Brimley’s career:


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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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