In his acceptance speech, he talked about discovering existentialism as a teenager from seeing Steven Spielberg’s movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
“Literally, I just had an epiphany,” Whedon (pronounced ‘weedun’) said. “I came out of the theatre with an understanding of the concept of existence, and time and life and humanity, that I could not contain. I could not stop moving.”
This kind of intensity helps define the inner world of creative, gifted and talented people.
Hear audio clip and read more quotes by Nicole Kidman, psychologist Eric Maisel and others, in my article: Intensity and Being Creative.