The Falsehood of the “Authentic”

November 10, 2017

Tell me, how is it possible for an actor, when playing a role, to have an “authentic emotional moment?”

It isn’t. And it can’t be authentic because it is all fictive. Playing at make-believe, which is what we do, is an appearance: a persuasive seeming.

Acting coaches have to make a living, too. But when they strive to convince young actors that one’s personal “feelings” – rather than their imaginations – make for persuasive character enaction, they bind up the actor in the chains of his own life.

The wisdom of Oscar Wilde may be adduced here:

“It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”

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Wyntner Woody