Douche of the Day: Method Acting.

stanislavski.jpgMethod Acting. Far be it from me to pass judgement on the process some actors use to execute their work, but allow me to take a moment to pass judgement on the process some actors use to execute their work. Method Acting — really, now? We saw There Will Be Blood the other night and it was beyond fantastic and Daniel Day Lewis is going to win the Oscar, but I’ll pay anyone five dollars if they can prove that he was better in that role by staying in character between takes. These snake oil approaches to talent and craft do nothing but billow more smoke and construct stronger mirrors. It’s a step away from a screenwriting teacher telling me “First thing guys? Watch more movies!” Come on. Method Actors are living out bits — Andy Kaufmann was the best method actor around, and guess what, it was just a big joke. Even research can be suspect: like Mamet has said, knowing the history of boxing doesn’t help you in the ring.

 

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