Nothing makes my blood boil more than some irksome junket journalist asking a director or actor “how much pressure did you feel?” before attempting this or shooting that. Is there any real difference between accepting that a certain activity is necessary or at the very least a good idea (like brushing your teeth, taking out the garbage, finishing your homework or showering daily) and feeling “pressure” to do same? There’s almost always an element of pressure attached to almost any vital or worthwhile activity. Junket journalist to HE: “How much pressure did you feel about brushing your teeth this morning?” HE to junket journalist: “Probably the same amount of pressure that babies feel just before taking their first breath after being born.”

Eternal HE law: Any journalist who uses the word “pressure” in the presence of an interview subject is a very bad person.