celebrities | September 19, 2012

“Tell a True Story”: Actor Stephen Tobolowsky Gives Some "Doozy" Advice on NPR

“True trumps clever any day of the week,” Stephen Tobolowsky told NPR's Scott Simon. “It's far more important to tell a true story, even if it's not perfect in all the details, than to make up a clever lie.”

In his interview on NPR,  the famous character actor—who you may recognize from his role as Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day or in a slew of other small, but memorable, parts—argues that his natural ability to weave a story together hinges on telling the truth. As an writer, actor, director, and public speaker, Tobolowsky has a knack for quickly enrapturing his audience in no time at all. In his newest book, The Dangerous Animals Club, he tells a series of life stories—all true!—that are quirky and entertaining, yet ripe with deeper meaning.

Each story is short and to-the-point, some of which previously told on his podcast The Tobolowsky Files and in his relatable public performances. However, it is that element of truth (which he says he tries to inject into all of his performances) that allows audiences to connect with the content—even though it is short and succinct.

“When we see truth in someone else's story, we recognize it as part of a universal story,” he said. “Where's there truth, there's life.“

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