I've noticed that there are some of us actors that struggle with braking character. I definitively have that problem sometimes. Sometimes it's hard to let them out of out system. Similar to the use of alcohol. I've sometimes seen actors, (epically the main stream ones seam) to have lost there humanity due to the problem. Any thoughts?
EGO peoples ego's get involved that's why its hard to shake it sometimes..you have to drop yourself ..whatever character you portray isn't you it's another person entirely .the part here that can be difficult is dropping your ego.thats the problem with method acting.You put yourself in the role.
Not to say its a bad thing because,it works for people. If you have issues like you do,than its a problem.Read darryl hickmans "the unconscious actor" this should help you out .good luck
The insanity of Method acting continues...
I like being me.
I have a fun filled full life outside of acting.
I dont need to carry it home nor would i want too. because it's not me, its only MY CHOICES, its real for only a few minutes during takes but not based on any personal baggage or past experience and it's not mixed up with any of my personal stuff.
I do totally agree that egos can get out of hand with people. But it is healthy to have a good ego, just not one that is out of check with what really matters. Health and Mental well being to name a few...
On an even deeper level...
Relying on something external, like "acting"or "success" for happiness and peace of mind would make anyone act crazy and want to abuse substances.
Method acting can be so dangerous. I'v gotten in so much trouble with strangers, friends and family for being someone else. I try not to take it too far before someone locks me up lol
The real life of actors is full of complications as they have so much mental stress. They are prone to get disturbed more due to this and such things lead to the anti-social behavior of actors.
i agree 100% with what chops said at the end of the day .Acting is just make believe it's a game kids do it .They play make believe and when their done they leave everything where it is and.Come back the following day to pick up where they left off.
being and actor myself i'm a fan of those rules .I think method acting isn't acting at all.Actors are not in the business of reality we are in the illusion making business .Very similar to magicians we can make it appear .Like we are sawing a woman in half.A method actually wants to saw a woman in half .
How is that acting ? like heath ledger for instance .The guy killed it in The dark knight the lengths he went to create the character.while affected were not needed or when christian bale dropped weight for the machinist.Thats going way to far its a game your supposed to be having fun.Not killing yourself like my little league coach always said.Leave it on the field;maybe lee strasberg should of taught his students that as well.
Lee strasberg taught people the opposite of acting.He taught people how to just be themselves.That's not acting whenever you encounter a role it's not written for you.It's not written about you its about someone else .One thing i learnt from watching entourage is that it seems in hollywood.The roles that are offered accomplished actors .More often than not seem to be tailor made for them.
To me that's not right i hope lee strasberg is rotting in hell.
haha poor lee strasbourg. but any who, your right. what is the point of being your self when performing. It's so boring. Being someone else that is the compleat opposite from your self is so rewarding. Especially living it for long period of time. If I have to play a person that is close to my self or perform as my self, I think I will just jump off a cliff out of boredom. I'm a big fat clown and it's great to be someone opposite.. especially someone that will teach me a thing or too...
^ HA yeah poor lee at the same time he brought it upon himself.Yes it is so boring that's the point alot of actors forget.Acting is fun that's why we do it .You can't look at it like a job even though there is such thing as the acting business.While it is smart to learn the ins and outs of the business.The focus should be on the acting its as you said it's about .Being someone outside of yourself .Experiencing what it's like to be in someone elses shoes for the day.
One thing i noticed about society in general is that .We are very self involved we only tend to care about.Ourselves instead of being outward towards the world .Taking interest in our fellow man.That is what i admire about marlon brando his interviews he's very empathetic towards other people.He takes active interest in other peoples lives .
The problem with things today is that alot of roles are common.They don't require much imagination .You just have to go out and mimic someone else .Viola ,theres your character imagination is the foundation.For which the house is built on.Look at a child at play all they have is their imagination.As well as their faith and conviction.In what they created in their imagination.
It's fun,i believe and actor shouldn't bring a character down to their level.They should instead go to where the character is .Experience what that's like instead.Its more healthy to because your detached from it .By leaving yourself out of it .It makes it easier to take off that mask when the performance is over with.Once again going back to the kids at play ,when they make believe a character.
They don't take it home with them or it doesnt effect their psychosis in the least .They just drop it and move on with their lives .If your and actor who after every performance has to. spend time with a psychiatrist after every performance your taking things to literally and your not having fun.
Reality is fake dreams are for real "-tupac shakur
do some main stream actors develop a dissociative identity disorder when playing a new role year after year?
heath ledger-dark knight noomi rapace-Girl with the dragon tattoo .In the extras part of the dvd she talks about .After doing the part for a year and living with the character.They threw a party for her right before she .Was called out to give a speech she excused herself to puke.She said she got really really sick for a while after that.She also went for pysch-help. Alot of actors have psychiatrists and .Seek therapy and or have a therapist.
A actors performance should have tranquilty in it.There should be distance between the actor and the character.Like their two separate people you only relate to emotions in general.It should never be made personal.Your job is to reveal "The" human soul not your soul .It's ok to give the audience a glimpse into your soul.Stars don't mind letting people into their lives because their so desperate for the attention.
A actor/artist only gives a glimpse at most anyways .It's healthier to Detach if you have issues .Work it out with a professional who's trained to deal with that.
Not the ones who know how to separate work from regular life. Bryan Cranston said it very well during a podcast with the Nerdist; he said that after a day of shooting, he sits in a chair, wraps his face in hot towels, and then just lets everything wash off.
yeah its all a game no need to take anything serious at the end of the day.It sould be dropped kind of like taken off a coat .Its not real there for it should be easy to discard
True. It's quite interesting. When I watch interviews of my favorite performers on film & tv I see the "mask" of their character living on their faces. not much their voices & bodies though. I always get this wearied feeling of an intruder on the seat of the interviews. Like it's them, but it's not them. Like as if their character's presence hasn't left the room yet. It's the same thing when I watch them in their premiers and festivals. It sends chills down to my spine....lol
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