Saturday, November 1, 2014

Method Acting vs Technical Acting and Shadow of the Vampire

I had a student ask about method acting vs technical acting. Here is my humble opinion... I don't claim it is the right answer but I will share my thoughts and I am open to discussion about the topic.

I think method actors have some of the most amazing performances but they also tend to have rocky careers as actors. Technical actors can be very good as well but tend to be less dynamic or unique in their approach. I think a balance between the two is best for a long acting career. Learn technical techniques for day to day acting but benefit from the way a method actor really gets to know their character.

Method actors such as Heath Ledger (Joker in Dark Knight) have explosive but short careers

Technical actors like Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones) have long, steady careers

A great movie that takes the topic of method acting to a whole new level is Shadow of theVampire about the legend of Nosferatu where the director tells his actors and crew he has found an amazing method actor to play the vampire, but has actually found a real vampire.  Nosferatu is played by Willem Dafoe who does an amazing performance.

What do you think? I'm curious to see what other people think about this topic.

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