Rule No, 1 for a documentary: You need to choose an interesting topic. And when your topic is a single person, that person’s story better be an enticing one. When Ron Howard started looking into making a film about opera singer Luciano Pavarotti, he discovered that the famous tenor was a ready-made movie character. Howard says it would be difficult to write a fictional character who’s more interesting than his movie’s real-life subject, because he was such a charismatic, colorful man. (Click on the media bar below to hear Ron Howard)
Pavarotti is playing in theaters now.