Steven Spielberg's Dyslexia Turned Him Into A Detail-Oriented Director
Before he became one of the most successful film directors ever, Steven Spielberg was that "slow" kid from school everyone made fun of. It took him until the third grade to learn how to read, turning him into a source of frustration for teachers (who considered him lazy) and an easy target for bullies. But on the other hand, feeling like a weirdo made him come together with a group of misfit friends straight out of The Goonies, because they were the inspiration for The Goonies.
Young Spielberg also dealt with his learning problems by making movies, which was a language he could better understand. It was only as an adult that Spielberg found out his condition is called dyslexia, and not "being super dumb."
Even today, Spielberg says it still takes him twice as long as normal people to read a book, but he uses that extra time to absorb and memorize every little detail. Yes, the cinematic genius behind such modern masterpieces as Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, and, uh, Ready Player One has been quietly struggling to read his scripts.
ADHD Shaped Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Filmmaking Style
Like most people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), The Revenant and Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu finds it hard to focus on one subject for an extended period of time. The difference is that while others end up reading the Wikipedia page for soap for an hour instead of working, Inarritu has used his ADHD to create a unique style and get showered with Oscars.
According to Inarritu, his ADHD has "turned into a great asset for creating parallel stories," which were a hallmark of his early films like 21 Grams and Babel. Both films contain multiple storylines presented in nonlinear fragments, as if their omniscient narrators were constantly getting bored with one story and switching to the other.