Method Acting is a controversial practice in the field of performance . . .
An actor tries to replicate the life circumstances, mannerisms and emotional feelings of the character he portrays, so as to give realism, legitimacy and dramatic strength to his performance.
An actor playing a character from history might research the character, look for media featuring him, and try to live in the same conditions that that character lived, provided that doing so would not be detrimental to his mental or physical health.
A character in a deep depression might make him reflect on his own moments of sadness and bring those feelings forth. He might gain or lose weight to fit a character . . . but this is generally frowned upon . . .
While filming “The Reader,” Winslet, adopted a German accent and confused her kids when she kept it up at home.
“They got mightily fed up with me reading bedtime stories with a German accent,” . . . “They said, ‘Mum, just be plain. Don’t do any funny stuff like voices. Just be regular.'”
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Jackson Pollock and Ed Harris as Jackson Pollock.
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