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May 20, 2017

To act or not to act.

5 comments

Method or fake it? Why not do both?

Interesting question. This comes up in a conversation a lot for me when we're discussing how a child actor can be an excellent actor. If they're really young, then they're most probably just really good fakers. And is it okay to just be a really good faker? Do you really need to be "in it" to be good?

May 23, 2017

I think there's a time and place for everything and if you can really bring truth to your acting via the method by all means, but there are also times when your imagination can help you get similar results which at the end of the day is to be convincing.

May 26, 2017

I think it depends on the actor. Spencer Tracy once described his method as 'memorize your lines and don't bump into the furniture.' Brando, a big method actor who I could have watched read the phone book, said of his role in "Apocalypse Now," "Is that the one where I was bald?" I think Brando and a few others are preternaturally gifted and would be mesmerizing no matter what method they used or didn't use. Others have to work harder to create a believeable character.

 

Bottom line - your audience doesn't know what's in your head, so whatever works. A friend of mine once had to listen to a rather long monologue by another character onstage. He was wonderful. I mean, he was totally in it, the whole time. After the show, I asked him what his secret was to remainiñg so engaged for so long. "First, I was thinking of what I needed to buy at the store after the show, then the clothes I needed to put in the laundry, then what I was making for dinner...". So go know.

May 26, 2017

Cool. Tracy and Brando two giants!

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