December 8, 2014 at 5:12 pm #168114
Do you think it is harder for an actor to play a real person or create a character from scratch? Lately the Oscars seem hooked on impersonators. It is almost like the Jimmy Fallon Award for Best Celebrity Voice.
Just curious about this topic and want to hear what people think.December 8, 2014 at 5:18 pm #168116
actors never create characters from scratch, the character comes from the script.
it’s harder to copy someone’s mannerisms, way of speaking etc. then just ‘walk and talk’ like yourself, of course, but some actors adopt different mannerisms even when they are playing an ‘imaginary’ character, like Johny Depp for example.December 8, 2014 at 11:59 pm #168117
Different actors have different skills. Some actors have a good eye for picking up and mimicking others’ mannerisms or have a good ear for copying vocal inflections or accents. Some actors don’t. Some actors are very good at simply being themselves within the story of the script. Other actors find that challenging and need a sort of “character” to spring off of to feel natural in a performance. Some painters are good at oil paints, but suck at watercolors. No skill as an actor is better or more impressive than another. It’s all personal to the individual actor.
But in terms of the question: Do you think it’s easier to play a known person or a new, fresh character that was created when the writer wrote the script?… Actors are inspired by the people around them. So manerisms, voices, etc. of fictional characters can be based off of people the actors knows/sees around them… So that would be an “impression” as well. They just aren’t imitating someone known to the general public.December 9, 2014 at 5:21 am #168118
I am a little tired of impersonations winning. Sure, it takes skill to mimic someone. But I believe it takes more to create a character off of a script. People see someone playing a real life person and they are too awed at the impression as opposed to if its a truly good performance or not. Sure, I am still bitter about Ryan Gosling losing the Oscar to Forrest Whitaker for his bombastic portrayal of Idi Amin, but still……December 9, 2014 at 9:36 am #168119
I think “impressions” do also create a kind of character, even though the person it is based of has really existed.
They show a side of this person no one knows at all. We pretend to know this person, the Queen, Thatcher, Idi Amin, Lincoln, even Marylyn Monroe or Hitler. Or at the very least we already have an opinion about that person.
There’s a huge risk in telling a different story and make even monsterous people like Hitler or Amin (or Thatcher) a human being.
I admire that efford, because I think the more well known the person is, the more difficult it is to portray him or her.
There’s hardly a biopic out there that is 100% faithful to it’s main character. They do “dramatize” things in biopics, but more or less to add more “spice” to the story.
Some biopics are good, even great, most are medicore, enough are quite bad.
But I still admire at least the effort some try. Of course these films are mostly straight up awards bait, but most WWII movies are too.December 20, 2014 at 5:37 pm #168120
I don’t mind whenever an actor does an impersonation. I just don’t want them to just do a simple mimic and want to see the actor play the person they are portraying while creating a layered and fully-realized character so that it doesn’t feel like a simple impersonation. IMO, it is much more difficult to create a character with plenty of layers then it is to do simple mimicry.
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