Anonymous said: just out of interest, what philosophy and why?
She thinks that “making movies is stupid" in comparison to jobs that "save lives", as though art isn’t a reflection of our culture as a whole and is therefore essential to our society. As though art doesn’t save lives on a daily basis. As though theatre does not take years upon years of acting and training, just as much as a more academic subject. As someone who pours hours of time and dedication and passion in acting on a daily basis, that is infuriating. Jennifer Lawrence get’s to live my dream career every day, and she thinks art is stupid??? What a foolish thing to believe.
There’s also a quote she said in an interview once which goes against my personal acting training: "I don’t get emotionally drained, because I don’t invest any of my real emotions … I just use my imagination. If it ever came down to the point where, to make a part better, I had to lose a little bit of my sanity, I wouldn’t do it."
The thing is that acting is about real emotions. Jennifer Lawrence has never studied acting professionally and it’s obvious in the worst way possible. Contrary to popular belief, acting is not about putting on a new face. It’s not about ‘imagining’ or ‘pretending’ - those words should be a red flag for anyone studying acting as an art form.
Acting is an inter-disciplinary skill drawing from psychology, sociology, literature, history, linguistics, anthropology, and philosophy. Acting is about expanding your understanding of the human condition to allow for other human beings to manifest themselves within your body. Acting is not “faking”; it is taken the circumstances and reacting to them appropriately.
Human beings are formed from experiences and upbringings. We are reflections of our daily life. We are born with a variety of traits and chose to emphasize or reject certain ones as time goes one. When you act, you aren’t “pretending” to be someone else. You are looking at someone else’s life story and expanding your personal worldview to include theirs. It is so much more complicated than saying lines and acting emotional, and Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t seem to understand that.
The best actors are the ones who take risks. The best actors are the ones who are willing to work every goddamn day to understand a character. Acting is raw and real. The best roles are the ones that DO take away a piece of your sanity. They force you to think and question and react to information in ways you never understood before.
I think it is a shame that Jennifer Lawrence has won the greatest award in the film industry. It’s clear she does not fully understand or appreciate the magnitude of her work. Acting is about human beings. It is about why people are the way they are. It is about how people interact and the consequences of those interactions.
Acting is complicated and fascinating. It is a never-ending study of the human condition. Jennifer Lawrence has tried to simplify the dedication and work required for her craft. I refuse to accept that mindset.
Number 5 has been updated.
(in no particular order)
- Everyone tries to do the best they
- Total commitment to my action.
- Total commitment to my action
requires will, disicipline, and courage.
- Tell the truth.
- Practice craft habitually.
- Practice my action til it’s
- Have the strength of mind to
analyse the script correctly.
- Ensure every line of dialogue is
encompassed by my action.
- Only concern myself with action.
- Be generous.
- Trust my preparation.
- Preparation is a point of
departure, not the destination.
- Don’ try and force the moment to
conform to my preparation, improvise in the moment in response to
what is actually happening in the moment.
- Memorize the lines until they are
- Your performance is a presentation
before an audience.
- Character is created in the mind
of the viewer by the juxtaposition of the actions of the actor with
the fiction of the script.
- Give everything.
- Use your imagination.
- Any emotion which is not
organically created by my attempts to do my action, is a lie.
- The outcome is no concern of mine.
*Bonus! “Learn your lines, find your mark, look `em in the eye and tell `em the truth.” – James Cagney
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haa I don’t know why but this type of thing gives me so much anxiety