Is it the director who brings out the best in the actor or vice versa? I’d say good combinations of actors and directors are always winning teams. What does a winning team mean in the sense of esteem? It means giving and getting esteem mutually.
When asked about the unusual circumstance of Johnny playing a homicidal singing barber in their latest collaboration “Sweeny Todd”, Burton said “When Johnny said he thought he could do it, that was good enough for me.”
If this kind of mutual esteem works between actor and director then not only both feel good , but also makes for a great film.