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There should always be that leeway because if you think of your character as sort of absolutely fixed, then you just try and find actors to come and do exactly that thing, then you’re not gonna be working with that actor’s own set of internal impulses and who they are, so the best work is always a coming together of the actor and the character.
It’s possible to do your best work at your highest level without competing. I’m not anticompetition, but at an individual level, it can be degrading for both sides. And it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ve done pretty well at getting past that sort of thing, and it’s a relief not to have the rancor.
I never know why shows succeed or don’t succeed, which is why I look at it as, ‘I’ll do the best work that I can’, and if the fans and people respond then I’m always really flattered and honored, and if they don’t then I’ll try and do something next time that they like better. But I have no idea what makes a hit show, I really don’t.