Alan Alda was the star of MAS*H for twelve seasons and thoroughly enjoyed his time. While he was on the show, he was nominated for twenty-one Emmy awards and won five.
Even though he loved being an actor, he was also a man of many hats. Throughout his career, Alan Alda was also an author, director, producer, and screenwriter. He held a couple of titles for MAS*H, one of which was as a producer of the show.
One of the hardest jobs in television and film is apparently being the producer. There are a lot of moving parts, and it seems like everyone is on a different page than each other. Alan Alda will tell you that being a producer is the hardest job in television and film.
M*A*S*H star, Alan Alda, Says that His Hardest Job Was Being a Producer
In an interview with Pop Entertainment, the star of MAS*H explained why being a producer was so hard for him. He has held many jobs over his career but holds a special place in his heart for producers.
“Yeah, and I also had to talk with writers sometimes. As a producer, I had to try to get writers to write their best. I find that the hardest job to have because I know how hard it is. Everybody wants to be at their best, but if you don’t hook into the thing then you can’t write your best, and nobody from the outside could put it in your head. They have to somehow allow it to grow there, hope it will grow there on its own, in your own way. It is the hardest thing to do because you can’t browbeat somebody into being creative.”
The star of MAS*H was a producer for a lot of projects. In the latter years of the show, Alda became one of the show’s producers. This was his first foray into that part of the business. It certainly was one that he didn’t regret, however, he did find it challenging.
Thankfully for fans of the M*A*S*H actor, he did well in the producer role. Even though he did not center his career around the position, he enjoyed success with it.