I was surprised, however, by my lack of nerves on the day of the shoot. The Coens’ assured craft and easy-going nature trickled down throughout the set. Besides, I was there to do the thing I love to do most in the world, and on this day I would get to do it with some outstanding playmates. As I sat next to Stephen Root in the makeup trailer and watched Javier Bardem’s disheveled hair being brushed into Chigurh’s distinctive mop, I could only think, “Man, this is going to be fun.”
This is a reprint of an article I wrote for the local paper when No Country for Old Men first came out. It's just a story - no big acting lessons - but it's a worthy preface to my next post, so I'll just put it here without further explanation:
A nice visual aid to accompany my last post . . .
I'm afraid I can't find the original creator to give credit. But they are a badass and have my thanks.
Training is about more than learning how to act; it’s about learning how to learn to act.
Simple scene work is fine for maintenance, but if you really want to get better and better, you have to train in a way that challenges you and pushes you beyond your boundaries. You have to get your ass kicked a bit, and learn how to kick it yourself. I’d like to help out with that.
In the Dynamic Actor Workshop, you will:
It’s prevalent to the point of cliché, seen in countless gag reels: an actor loses focus and starts to laugh, so he stops to gather himself. He comes back into the scene and only gets a word or two out before falling apart all over again.
So you have avoided the character breakdown, you started by reading the script out loud, and you’re ready to start really digging in. At this point, many actors will highlight their lines in the script.
This is the first in a series of posts on habits that can be practiced every time you work. On its own, each habit is small – just something practical to keep in mind. But practicing enough small habits of craft can lead to big breakthroughs of artistry.
It’s a bit ironic that our art, which is the most collaborative of all art forms, can be so quickly poisoned by ego.