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Sunday, July 04, 2004

Brando's Alter




"Marlon would hate the idea of people chiming in to give their comments about his death. All I'll say is that it makes me sad he's gone," said Francis Ford Coppola.

If one wants to understand Marlon Brando my suggestion would to study or even try "method acting". Brando was uniquely gifted for this medium. You see, for the method actor the stage is not merely a showplace, but transforms into a sacrificial alter where the actors inner life is split open for the world to see.

The Stanislavski Method emphasizes an individualized, psychological approach to acting- requiring the actor to draw on his or her own self, on experiences, memories, and emotions .This shapes how a character comes to be developed. Characters are thus shown to have an interior life; transformed into complex human beings with multiple and paradoxical feelings and desires. This ability to convey the complexity and the confusion of inner feelings that makes the great actor.One is himself in character, rather than pretending to be someone.

The actor Anthony Quinn remarked of Brando's contribution to acting: "He turned the whole world around." With method acting,one pushes to the edge of their emotional and psychological boundaries. It can be very exciting , but also very destablizeing .

Method acting and Brando specifically, opened the gates of a deeper human experience for me and I am grateful.

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