Friday, August 02, 2013

Less is More

Less is More. That's one of the hottest tips I can give any young film actor. To do nothing at all can be very useful in extreme reactive situations. For example, if something terrible happens to you in the script, like you find your wife murdered, and they cut to your close-up, very often you can do a completely blank look. The audience will project their own emotions on your face. The acting is in the buildup to that moment, not in the moment itself. You don't have to do anything, and the audience will go "Blimey!" For the final shot of Greta Garbo in Queen Christina, the director told her to remain impassive and the result is an absolute tearjerker. The audience knows what Christina is feeling because the actress has lead them through Christina's emotions earlier in the film. At the end, the audience does all the work.

- Michael Caine

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