Here’s Johnny! An actor prepares…

Random surfing this week and I came across this video on a Twitter feed. I always liked The Shining and wrote a piece on it when I was at Uni – Duality, Duplicity and Double-Narrative in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining
just in case you were wondering 🙂 – which means I’ve watched it a bunch of times and then some.

I do love these kind of videos, where you get to see the reality behind the performance, especially when it’s one you’re very familiar with. I’m really rubbish at acting – think piece of wood on a stage, with make-up on, saying words like a robot – but as someone who is creative in another field, I love seeing and hearing how someone creates themselves as a new character, the processes they go through, to bring out the details and reality, just like I might write and then re-write a scene to give it believable depth. I’ve seen some excellent, lengthy videos on this type of thing by other actors, but I quite like Jack’s “I’m evil, I’m an axe killer,” bouncing up and down technique. Simple and to the point; although it’s his slow, quiet, non-manic bits in these scenes that I think are the most disturbing.

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2 responses to “Here’s Johnny! An actor prepares…

  1. Have you ever seen the TV movie remake with Stephen Weber and Rebecca De Mornay?

    I think it’s fascinating the way actors even use their costume to get into the role. I think it was the actor who played in Superman Returns who said when he put on the cape and the S, suddenly he stood straighter and taller.

    • mel

      I did see the TV version – as a conversion of the book, I thought it was much better than the Jack Nicholson film. But if you take the film as a stand alone piece, ignoring the original material, I think it’s superior to both in other ways. What did you think?

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