Method Acting is not about losing yourself in a character

09 Jun Method Acting is not about losing yourself in a character

by Ananya Ghosh from Mid-Day
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All great acting is Method Acting. — David Lee Strasberg, Creative Director.

Lee Strasberg, the founder of the institute, developed and propagated method acting in America that eventually came to be known as The Lee Strasberg Method® The Method and his list of students included the likes of Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Sidney Poitier and Jack Nicholson, among others. Today his son David has taken over the reins of the family-run institute. Excerpts from an interview with the scion:

For beginners, what is Method Acting?
A. Method Acting is about bringing ‘You’ to a character. Your true behaviour, under imaginary circumstances, is the starting point. It is not about losing yourself in a character. You can’t share what you don’t have, so don’t lose yourself anywhere. Bring yourself to the character. Bring your human heart, your soul, and your body to the character. Share that ‘You’ with the character, and with the audience.