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Anthony Hopkins: ‘Most of this is nonsense, most of this is a lie’
He’s played the part before, at the National Theatre in 1986, with David Hare directing. “I was… ” – he counts in his head “… 48,” he says. “Ridiculous. I didn’t realise I was too young. I had no concept of how to do it. I was floundering.”

Hopkins knows now that his hubris was ludicrous, but he was anxious to get to the action, and still is. “I think, with life, just get on with it, you know?” he says. “We’re all going to die, and that’s a great motivator.”

I don’t have any friends who are actors at all. But in The Dresser, when Ian [McKellen] responded, it was wonderful. We got on so well and I suddenly felt at home, as though that lack of belonging was all in my imagination, all in my vanity.”

“But the anger, you begin to channel it,” he says. “I’m very happy I’m an alcoholic – it’s a great gift, because wherever I go, the abyss follows me. It’s a volcanic anger you have, and it’s fuel. Rocket fuel. But of course it can rip you to pieces and kill you. So, gradually, over the years, I have learned not to be a people-pleaser. I don’t have a temper any more. I get impatient, but I try not to judge. I try to live and let live. I don’t get into arguments, I don’t offer opinions, and I think if you do that, then the anger finally begins to transform into drive.”

He goes over his lines around 250 times, until he can recite them backwards, sideways, in his sleep. Every time he reads them, he draws a doodle on his script, and the doodles, which start as small crosses, grow enormously large, covering all the blank space.

Now he avoids news and politics, for his peace of mind. “In America, they’re obsessed with healthy food,” he says. “They tell you, if you eat junk food, you get fat and you die. Well, television is run by money and corporate power and sponsorship. It’s junk food for the brain. Toxic.”

I mean, I understand if people are bullies. They’ve got their problems. I can’t judge them, I won’t make fun of them at awards. It’s correct for women to stand up for themselves, because it’s unacceptable. But I don’t have a desire to dance on anyone’s grave.

He understands that we can all be terrible, and we can all be kind. Fame and power have nothing to do with it. I tell Hopkins something the singer Tony Bennett once said – “Life teaches you how to live it if you live long enough” – and he is delighted. “How extraordinary. What an amazing thing to say! You know, I meet young people, and they want to act and they want to be famous, and I tell them, when you get to the top of the tree, there’s nothing up there. Most of this is nonsense, most of this is a lie. Accept life as it is. Just be grateful to be alive.”
film  acting  wisdom 
20 days ago by bjr
'Daily Show' Correspondent Hasan Minhaj Reveals Bill Maher-Ben Affleck Islam Dispute Got Him His Job | Hollywood Reporter
Minhaj explained that he got a chance to audition for the show after Michael Che left to co-host "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live. He got through the first round of auditioning, in which he sent in a tape featuring a segment he'd like to do on the show, and was asked to come in and do a screen test — with another original piece. But Minhaj was afraid he didn't have another good idea.

"I'm not a Larry David," he says. "I don't have a Curb Your Enthusiasm and a Seinfeld in me."
hasan-minhaj  acting  Asians-in-Hollywood 
29 days ago by lwhlihu
Ally Sheedy on Hollywood Sexism and Harvey Weinstein
This makes me really angry, but it's all true. When I'm back to "fighting weight" will all those fuckboys who shunned me be knocking at my door? Are looks all that matters? Seems so.
truth  feminism  acting 
4 weeks ago by emily
P.S. to Our Intro Work Session - Acting Classes Los Angeles and Santa Monica | Coaching & Classes | Lesly Kahn
“I remember someone who helped me a lot in my early days. We were just rehearsing a scene and I remember she stopped me with an absolute rifle shot of a clap and grabbed my shirt and said, “You are not thinking, you are just thinking you are thinking. … And if you watch actors, you can tell those who don’t necessarily indicate in broad strokes what’s going on, but you can really see in their eyes that they are going through a process.” — Paul Newman via Joe F.
acting 
6 weeks ago by lwhlihu
Class Placement - Acting Classes Los Angeles and Santa Monica | Coaching & Classes | Lesly Kahn
You – your improvement and you ability to achieve your dreams — is everything to me. If I have not placed you in an Intensive with me, I’ve done it because I think you’ll get where we both want you to go faster by starting out in one of the smaller classes. NOT because I hate you or think you’re talent-free. I want you to have the attention you need so you can learn how to benefit from your natural abilities. And who cares about talent anyway? It doesn’t matter in this biz. Sure, quote me. If you’re not “talented,” we’ll teach you skill and craft and nobody’ll ever know the difference.

We want to get you in shape so you can audition and book jobs. Does it really matter whose class you’re in if you achieve that goal? If you’re dying to be in my class, you’ll do Intensive and Clinic with another teacher (I don’t teach ANY Clinics, so you can’t possibly take THAT personally), and then we’ll work together in Ongoing. It all works out in the end.

So, if you like what you learned today and want more of that, please try to find a way to trust that I’ve placed you in the class that is the fastest route to get you where you want to go.
lesly-kahn  acting  me 
6 weeks ago by lwhlihu
Passing the Torch: Denzel Washington and Michael B. Jordan - The New York Times
GALANES But all those things you did — law, journalism, acting — they’re all about getting to the bottom of a story, right?

WASHINGTON I like that part: building a character. You start with the material that gives you clues. If you’re playing a boxer, you want to throw out punches. If you’re playing a conductor, you want to get on a train.

GALANES And the script?

WASHINGTON Sure, but you don’t know who the character is just by reading the script. I don’t read a script and go, “Now, I get it!” That’s just the beginning. The first thread you pull.

MICHAEL B. JORDAN The script tells you what’s going up on screen. But the biggest part, the fun part, is figuring out what happened to that character before Page 1 of the script. What kind of food does he like? Did he get into fights going to school? That back story determines the choices you make within the confines of the script. And going through that process with the director is a big part of the collaboration. Now I’ve got notebooks and notebooks of back stories. Some directors may want you to add something or change your version. That’s when you try to find common ground.

JORDAN That was the real thought process: How do I become a leading man? I know phenomenal actors who can’t open movies overseas. How do you become the guy who can carry a film?

WASHINGTON So, you study the game?

JORDAN You, Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Leo [DiCaprio]. You guys are my models. You’re all your own person, and you all have great qualities that make you “that guy.” So, how do I take what I have in me and create my version of that?

GALANES Is that why you went the superhero route?

JORDAN Without a doubt. International markets are key for me. So, when I get a chance, I’m taking it. “The Fantastic Four” was superimportant, regardless of how it turned out. [The 2015 film was a critical and commercial failure.] A million things have to go right for a movie to be successful, and actors don’t control a lot of them.

GALANES Is theater on your radar, Mike?

JORDAN Down the line. But right now, I want to take care of my family financially and grow my production company. That’s the big thing I want to do: set my family up.

GALANES Why’s that?

JORDAN As a kid, you don’t see your circumstances. I didn’t. It’s not until you look back and think, “Man, we were poor!” My parents really hid that from me. They kept me safe.

GALANES You had a tough situation, too, Denzel.

WASHINGTON It wasn’t that tough. I was having a good time. A lot of my boys went to prison.

JORDAN That’s why I want to take care of my family now. Then let me go and work on my craft, do something to fulfill me on the inside. That’s what I think theater is going to be for me — when I’m older. What do you love about it, Denzel?
acting  denzel-washington  michael-b-jordan 
6 weeks ago by lwhlihu
Michael B. Jordan On the Cover of Backstage This Week! | Backstage
But it wasn’t until he played teen drug dealer Wallace on the HBO series “the Wire” that Jordan knew acting was his calling. “I was doing a scene where he first started sniffing coke,” he recalls. “I was so far out of my element I didn’t know what the hell I was doing.” co-star Andre Royo took him to the side and coached him through how to feel. “He said, ‘You’re going to start feeling warm from the top of your head down to your toes.’ He really took me through it. He said, ‘Don’t worry about the cameras or anybody else here; just lose yourself.’ It was the first time I ever lost myself in a role, and I fell in love with it.” Royo even called him the next day to see how Jordan felt. “I remember being depressed afterwards for a day, not really sure why I felt so drained,” he says. “But from that point on, I was always chasing that moment of losing myself again within these characters.
michael-b-jordan  acting 
6 weeks ago by lwhlihu
Michael B. Jordan's 'Take' on Auditions - Casting Frontier : Casting Frontier
In this Off Camera interview, Jordan explains his approach to auditions. “I want to feel like I worked harder than everybody else. So when I walk into an audition, it’s like you’ve got to have a little, not cockiness, but confidence to it.”

There was a time when Michael dreaded the auditioning process, that is, until he started to feel more confident through a gradual increase of successes. Over time, his mental stance evolved; now whenever he walks through the audition room doors he says his approach is:

“This is my take. Instead of ‘Let me go and try to give them what they want.’…Before you give me any notes or anything like that, let me just give you my version, ’cause this is my take, and now it’s a conversation. Then you realize the power you have as an actor. It’s like once you’re in that room, that’s your time…slow-down time.”

He says to “milk it” in the audition room, work out the specifics of the character, and his or her state of mind as it relates to the dialogue. Being straightforward about your interpretation, and listening to the casting professional’s input turns what could be just a quick audition into a collaborative process. This benefits both the actor as well as the director, producers–and the project overall.

“This is what film making is all about,” Jordan asserts.
michael-b-jordan  audition  acting 
6 weeks ago by lwhlihu
Michael B. Jordan Shares Amazing Tips for Aspiring Actors [VIDEO]
Small successes build your confidence

This is MY take instead of give them what THEY want

It's a CONVERSATION
michael-b-jordan  acting 
6 weeks ago by lwhlihu
James Franco tells Voice about his work on "Spiderman" – The Paly Voice
Franco: Well I first auditioned for the role of Peter Parker which went well and I went and did a test and the test is more extensive than a regular audition because it puts you on film. So they spent a lot of money on the sets and cranes which is unusual for an audition. So I went and did that and was waiting around, and biting my nails for six weeks. And then I found out I didn’t get the it and I was disappointed. But then Sam Raimi, the director called me, and we got along so well, and he asked me [if I wanted] the role of Harry. No one else auditioned for the role.
james-franco  acting  how-they-started 
6 weeks ago by lwhlihu

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