IN GENERAL :
I am partial to acting that doesn't look like acting. Sometimes
even our most successful stars end up looking like they're
pretending not to act. A kind of forced casualness. Acting is about
feelings, but it isn't, in my opinion, about shoving feelings down
peoples throats, but about leading them to experience them. Falsity
of any sort destroys the magic. An actor must be aware he's acting,
but not feel as though he is. The acting style I am partial
to might be described as subdued passion simmering under the casual
surface. The actor/character creates tension by holding back his
emotions, letting us glimpse them, seductive subdued outbursts,
careful build-ups. A great performance has a kinship with music.
I like to let actors make their own discoveries -- and would
sooner leave actors to their imagination rather than submitting to
mine. I assume we are all mutual friends to each other, as well as
friends of the film and while we have to work to produce a seamless
and whole work with stylistic unity, we can each bring our own
light. I would guide that inner light if I see it straying out of
bounds -- or becoming too intense -- or too subdued.
I prefer talking about the history of the character, clarifying
the internal life -- rather than outward demonstrations except when
it's a practical matter of blocking or mise en scene.
When in doubt, underplay, ie paint space and the viewer will fill
in. Every great painting needs emptiness.
Do not fear silence. My method of writing is to give a lot more
lines (as indicators and guides) than I'd like to end up in the
film. If I could do the entire film by replacing 2/3's of the
dialogue with the choreography of expression, gesture, movement,
that would be magnificent.
When in doubt, I like to ask, admit, brainstorm: I hope you will
feel the same way.
If you come up with a better line, more comfortable line, please
bring it forth. I don't mind ad libbing as long as it doesn't have a
random lackadaisical quality -- rather it should have a sense of
fated spontaneity. Adlibbing that sounds like adlibbing is just as
unconvincing as bad writing badly delivered.
If you're tired, burned out, need a break -- A-okay, I'm with