Hollywood Isn’t Acting

Making a film can be a bit-by-bit experience where it is difficult for a performer to be in character every time. In fact one cameraman from the golden age said in his experience actors sometimes found ‘their part’ for which they became famous. What he was observing was that the best performances on film have been giving by people acting close to their own character with very little if any, diversion from the way they ‘are’.

This is, of course, wonderful for them and makes signature performances many people have loved for years but it is not acting. They are playing themselves.

To truly act you need to be on stage for two hours and bring the audience with you, changing your voice, your walk, your manner until you are not recognizable as who you are but become your part. And you can do this for many parts …

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