McKellen on Ideas in Acting

July 19, 2017

To hear one claim that ideas can’t be acted, when they are in fact precisely what one demonstrates through the body, is to be witness to a kind of malpractice. Some may opine that dramatic action consists entirely of the actions of one character in reaction to another, and vice-versa, but this is like drawing a bird, having never seen it fly.
Here is a wonderful demonstration-in-action of what some call “textual analysis” (really just a thorough understanding of the ideas in the text), in which McKellen proceeds upon the premise that “sense,” once grasped, populates itself upon the body. This is opposed in my mind to “Method, and the concomittant intentional placement of superficial characteristics upon character. The former more difficult than the latter, but achieving greater results.

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