One of my favorite movies is "Night Shift," directed by Ron Howard, and starring Henry Winkler, Shelley Long, and Michael Keaton (pictured above).
Keaton has been all too absent from movies the past few years or so (just check out his imdb.com resume), so I was intrigued to see a new interview with him on Grantland.com this afternoon.
It's a nice interview, and it's good to catch up with Keaton, but it also contains one of the more intriguing questions that you'll see (it even took Keaton aback):
(2) How about the most memorable telephone call of your life?
Michael: Wow. That's a really good one. Well, there's one that's not good, I won't talk about that one. Most memorable phone call … wow, that is really good. I have to come back to that one because I'm thinking, I'm remembering a lot now. Uh, you can't say the birth of your kid because I was literally there. Nobody had to call me.
Daniel: Any one life-changing phone call?An intriguing one to ask during a job interview, huh? Have you ever asked or been asked that one?
Michael: Well, yeah, one, unfortunately, I was informed of somebody really, really close to me, you know, was extremely sick.
Daniel: That's sort of the bad part of that question, I guess.
Michael: Yeah, because that's the truth, though. I guess I'll just answer you honestly instead of trying to be funny. Unfortunately that didn't happen all that long ago. That was a life-changer, that was literally a life-changer. That was huge. But there were happy ones — a lot of happy ones.
Michael: Boy, was that a great question, though. Have you asked that question before?
Michael: Boy, you can hang your hat on that one. You ought to ask that one a lot, because that really makes you think. I've never been asked that. That's rare, that there's a question I've never been asked.
Daniel: Well, I'm flattered.
Michael: Hang on to that one.
For me, the most memorable would be the news that our faculty personnel committee would be recommending to the President that I would be granted tenure. Of course, I had been traveling that day and missed it entirely when our Associate Dean was calling to deliver the good news. I thus learned about it on voicemail.
So, what's your answer to the question?