Henry Cavill, Jon Hamm, Scott Eastwood, and more past MF cover guys dish out some pretty deep wisdom.
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We’ve had our share of amazing game-changers grace the cover of our magazine. But even the men who’ve made their mark in music and movies have needed some sort of motivation to keep going. We asked each of them: What's the best advice you have ever gotten? We got some pretty damn good advice we're certainly taking to heart. Our advice to you: Keep reading...
"That had to come from [director] Guy Ritchie. ‘Don’t be ruled by one’s ego.’ And as soon as you let go of that ego which allows you to be offended or upset by it, then everything is so much easier. It’s like a weight off your shoulders, and it’s something for which you’ve got to fight for every day."
"A really good friend of mine took me aside, and we talked one night about how I could easily be taking advantage of the opportunities I’ve been given, kind of just—going for it. And it was pretty damn good advice because I was getting older and I did just that. And I wound up doing some amazing things I never thought I would do."
"Hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard. And that is something I think about a lot. No one is ever gonna say that I don’t bust my ass because there’s not gonna be anyone out there that’s ever gonna out-work me. That’s really the only thing that I have in my control so I try to manage that as best as I can."
"Some of the best advice came from the masters—Ruben Blades, Paul Simon, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente—who really took me under their wing. Celia Cruz told me, ‘Don’t hang out with the musicians after the show.’ Cause they’re a different breed. (Laughs.) That served me well. The level of encouragement from those masters, who told me I was on the right track. People didn’t get it at the time; they encouraged me to stick to what made me different. I was lucky."
"The only tip I would give is something I didn’t do as a young actor—which was to trust my instincts. As I get older and gray, I realize that’s all I have. My instinct, my emotion, my take on a script is my own and unique to myself. That’s the only advice I would give is, ‘take your own advice.’”