Some people are filled with so much ambition they beam. To the rest of us they look like a special breed, full to the brim with passion and curiosity. While the rest of us muster all we can just to get through rush hour traffic, they seem to have an endless supply of energy. Thanks to their lust for life, it seems they are bound for success. Steve Martin is like that, sort of.
Many know him as a movie-star thanks to box-office hits like “The Jerk,” “Roxanne,” “L.A. Story” and “Father of the Bride.” He’s also had success as a playwright (“Picasso at the Lapin Agile”), author (“Born Standing Up”) and standup comedian. Comedy Central chose him as number six in its ranking of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time.”
It almost doesn’t seem fair. Is there anything he can’t do?
“Well, I can’t draw. I have no artistic ability at all,” he says. “I can’t really sing, I can sort of fake it. I’m actually not a very good dancer. I can sort of learn it for the moment, you know, and then it leaves me. I almost never dance privately. I think I’m terrible.”
While the self-effacing answer sounds down to earth, many might still think he has the Midas touch. The deck seems stacked in his favor somehow.
He denies this theory. In fact, he goes so far as to dispute that he has any special talents at all.
“I don’t think I have any gifts. I just get an idea in my head and can’t get it out, and just do it,” he says. “It’s a kind of virtue in a way that I’ve never felt inhibited from doing something that seems beyond me. I’ve always tried it. And that’s really all it takes.”