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History of Method Acting [Video]

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FIlmamakerIQ gives us the history of method acting through a 28 minute video essay.

In the dramatic arts, method acting includes techniques actors use to create in themselves the thoughts and feelings of their characters – which allows them to take on the true role of who they play.

Actor’s who have taken their method acting into extreme includes Adrein Brody in the Pianist (dropped 30 pounds to portray a Holocaust survivor),  Jack Nicholson (who lived at the psychiatric ward where One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was shot) and Billy Bob Thorton (who, according to Esquire “The actor placed crushed glass inside his shoes, forcing him to limp around.”

Method acting as been around since the Greeks and has spread throughout the western world since coming to Moscow in 1897 through the Moscow Art Theatre founded by Constantin Stanislavski. The American Method acting started with the American Laboratory Theatre and moved on with The Groupo Theatre founded by Lee Strasberg.