What separates the true stars from the merely very talented? Remember the signature scene from ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and read on for a deeper appreciation of professionalism.
Gene Kelly gave us some of the best musical movies of the 1940s and 50s, and his iconic athletic dancing style set the scene for decades to come. His seemingly effortless combination of several different genres and his way of integrating dance onto the screen, not only made him a shining star of his time, but ensured him a place in the history of movies.
Gene Kelly said “You dance love, and you dance joy, and you dance dreams. And I know if I can make you smile by jumping over a couple of couches or running through a rainstorm, then I’ll be very glad to be a song and dance man.”
The scene “Singin’ in the Rain” is obviously shot with water pouring down on the set.
My grandparents, both being dancers, watched the movie with me as a kid. Just before it started they told me the ‘behind the scenes story’.
Having done the first take, the film crew concluded that the rain was too hard to identify on the silver screen. The only way they could make it visible was to add milk. When Gene Kelly turns his head upwards and lets the raindrops run down his face it is a dilution of old sour milk. That’s not all though…
On the day of the take, Gene Kelly came down with the flu. Still he insisted on staying on set and complete the take. The crew were all lined up, the lights were on, and the sour milk ready to pour. A true professional and dedicated performer shows that star quality is forged in adversity.. Gene Kelly showed the way in a cloudburst of rotten milk with a body plagued by fever.
When things get tough, and they will, ask yourself ‘how much sour milk am I willing endure to do what I love?’. Nothing comes easy.
When watching clip now, it is impossible not to appreciate Kelly’s passion and professionalism.
Let it rain, and keep on dancing.