THE ACTOR’S STUDIO

February 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm 4 comments

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I don’t say this often because I really don’t believe anything works for every writer. The only thing I do believe is a writer finding their own way of how THEY write. For me it’s all about what gets the words on the page and what helps the writer tap into a part of themselves that will make the story breath. It may happen in the first draft, the second, six months after you’ve written the story, but at some point something hits you about the characters and you think to yourself, “I’ve got it.”

But today I’m going to say if you are a writer then you need to watch The Actor’s Studio. It won’t teach you all the nuts and bolts of writing, but it’ll make you understand passion, getting into character, and the moments when you are outside yourself and writing. Those moments are when the words are flying from your brain to your fingers. It’s those days where you sit back and there is a shit eating grin on your face because you know you’ve got it.

The main reason why I’m all for this show because (some) actor’s talk about how they get into character. They talk about the things they do that helps them get into a character’s skin. Yes actor’s have a unfair adavantage because you can visually see a character. But the good ones make you walk away from the movie and if just for a few moments you believe the characters are real. Years down the line you’d think, “I wonder how they are doing?” because when a good actor does their job you will swear on a holy bible that actor is that person. Ex: Anthony Hopkins…I would not want to be in a room alone with that man, because to me HE IS Hannibal. So today’s treat is a sneak peek into an actor’s brain on how they get into character.

Did I mention I love this show?

Oh, and if you have the time go to youtube and watch Tom Hanks interview from 1999. INCREDIBLE ACTOR!

What shows have you watched that have taught you a lot about character?

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. raine  |  February 24, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    I watch the Actor’s Studio often, and have noticed that too. Quite right.
    Another tool I use is that, when I’m watching DVDs, I’ll play the actors/directors commentaries. Lots of insight there.

  • 2. Edie  |  February 25, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I loved this video! I seem to tune in on the wrong times to watch Actor’s Studio, only catching it once in a while. I should find out what time it’s on so I can make a note to watch it.

  • 3. Mel  |  February 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Oooh, the director’s comments are priceless. The one thing I do notice with the Actor’s Studio is how instinctive most good acting is. It may be why most creative people can’t explain what they do and how they do it.

  • 4. Mel  |  February 25, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I think it comes on Monday nights.

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