Monday, April 15, 2013

Do actors feel emotions when they act or just pretend?

Question: Do actors feel emotions when they act or just pretend? For example, if they are meant to appear sad and possibly cry, do they internally make themselves sad like their character (by pretending to be that character) or do they just fake what it is supposed to look like?

Answer: There are two different types of actors: method and technical. Technical have techniques for showing emotions but don't really feel them. Method actors actually feel the part and become the character in their own minds. Method actors do some amazing performances but can be overwhelmed by the parts (i. e. Heath Ledger). Technical actors can be good and popular as well (i. e. Harrison Ford) but they often seem like they are always the same person in many roles.

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  1. I want to know more about method and technical acting..

  2. I want to know more about method acting and how long will it take for me to learn this

  3. I would also like to know method acting i heard its remembering things in your life that have happened to you and it helps but it doesn't help me i just remember those things but dont feel anything i guess its because ive learned not to care about the past and i dont im so focused and happy about what kind of future i am going to have so what do i do

  4. The disdainful moniker "Method" acting comes from the Group Theater of New York City in the 1930's. It was supposed to be a 'method' for training, not a method for acting. Members of The Group hated it and its practice caused a permanent bifurcation between its members.

    Yes, Method Acting is dangerous stuff. The only persons qualified to coach you through your childhood traumas is a psychologist or psychiatrist, NOT an acting teacher. Repeatedly reliving powerful memories is called "rumination" in the psycho-social community (or, colloquially, "crazy making").

    Method acting is also highly intellectual, NOT instinctive or having to do with living in the moment (which looks so good on camera).

    Um, me? I taught at Playhouse West in Los Angeles for a number of years so I had to study, um, teaching stuff.