Why Method
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DIANNE HULL
LORRIE HULL
Best Qualified Teachers of Method Acting in Los Angeles
 
Method Acting

    Myth and miscomprehension surround “The Method.”  It is a living process, a craft.  In all other creative arts, such as painting, dancing or music, we recognize that the individual must train himself in order to perfect his craft.  Only in the art of acting do we hear people  say that the way to learn to act is to walk on stage or the set and act.  A piano player takes for granted that in order to play he has to practice.  The artist’s first task is to master his instrument.  In the case of the pianist, it is the piano; in the case of the actor, it is himself. 


    The Method takes the impersonal in Stanislavski and translates it into the personal, giving the actor tools he can use.  The actor cannot be given talent, but good training can realize potential.  Why then The Method?  If I’m good, what makes me good?  Can I do it again?  Acting a role is not just learning lines, cues, stage business and set responses, imitating what you did before; it means creating the inner life of the character, including the character’s ongoing thoughts, sensations, perceptions and emotions.  Inspiration is not enough, precisely because it is unpredictable. 


    It’s amazing to realize that for thousands of years the actor had to work on a hit-or-miss basis, with no technique or body of work to sustain him.  A standard Italian acting textbook included these directions on how to portray fury:  “Rise, put hat on, jam it on the head, fling it to the ground, pick it up, tear it to pieces, pause briefly...strike fist hard on furniture, stamp the foot, wheel around...”  How fortunate is today’s actor that men like Stanislavski and Strasberg finally created a craft so that the actor no longer needs to depend on the fickle muse of inspiration or the vagaries of his own emotional ups and downs. 


    Method acting trains the actor to respond quickly and fully to all stimuli in an effort to create reality and spontaneity.  As Lee Strasberg said, “Acting is the ability to react to imaginary stimuli-to create real thoughts and feelings under imaginary circumstances.” 


   

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Famous Method Actors
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Al Pacino

Angelina Jolie

Marlon Brando

Robert De Niro

Sean Penn

Daniel Day-Lewis

Anne Bancroft

Dustin Hoffman

James Dean

Steve McQueen

Joe Pesci

Sally Field

Jack Nicholson

Paul Newman

Ellen Burstyn

Gene Hackman

Mickey Rourke

Joanne Woodward

Shelley Winters

Alec Baldwin

Christopher Walken

Jane Fonda

Montgomery Clift

Forest Whitaker

Harvey Keitel

Dennis Hopper

Marilyn Monroe

Robert Duvall

Andy Garcia

Martin Landau

Cloris Leachman

Eric Stoltz

Eli Wallach

Walter Mathau

Jack Lemmon


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