Method Acting

“method acting
noun: method acting
  1. a technique of acting in which an actor aspires to complete emotional identification with a part, based on the system evolved by Stanislavsky and brought into prominence in the US in the 1930s. Method acting was developed by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg in particular, and is associated with actors such as Marlon Brando and Dustin Hoffman.”

I feel like I need a major reawakening when it comes to acting and theatre. As it is my strongest skill I feel like I have neglected it a little over the last few years. My goal is to gain a better understanding of method acting and why it’s so popular. I also plan to refresh my knowledge on other styles of acting and theatre, and learn of some new techniques.

Today, I am starting with Method Acting. This style of acting has become super popular in Hollywood so I thought this would be an excellent place to start.

Jared Leto here talks about how he uses Method Acting to stay ‘incredibly focused, and committed, and concentrated, its a way to shut everything else out and to prioritise what’s important.” He also mentions that, at the end of the day “am I able to contribute to this story, do people believe in the character, does the character touch people? And I would hope that the answers would be yes.”

This is the man who teaches Method Acting. “the living presence of the actor means that you are creating art with the same means that you create life.” In this video you can see Strasberg working with some of his students and some of is ideologies are clear.

I have started to Google actors and their stories on how they prepare for a role, specifically looking at method acting. I feel like this will be a really good way to get a sense of what they are tying to achieve by using method acting and gives an idea of the kind of things they’d do to prepare for a role.