Written By Callum Chiplin
“Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances”
– Sanford Meisner.
It is also like a magic show, the actor must convince the audience that what they are seeing is in fact real through their portrayal of the role they are undertaking. Be that a role on Stage, on TV, in Cinemas, or in the Street. The creative goal is the same – Make them believe, and feel that who they are watching is who that character is, not that it is someone playing someone else.
Some find it easy, some find it difficult. What does acting mean to you? Do you watch multiple programmes where an actor plays the exact same role in everything they are in? In which case is that individual really acting?
If you notice that “actor” plays the same role in everything they are in then the answer is, probably not. Then again, if a role is tapered to that actor’s prowess being typecast for that specific acting category and they excel within that category alone then yes, they are an effective actor, even if they are not multifaceted.
— To be continued in our July 2020 issue of Cut Frame Magazine. —
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