May 27, 1989
I was shocked to read in Jack Mathews' May 12 "Cannes Files" that Nick Nolte says drinking alcohol helps his acting. Personally I feel this is a dumb statement, if only because it made news. It is dangerous to the young actors coming into this biz and also to the ones now in it. Nick Nolte should keep his drinking problem to himself. HARRY COHN Silver Lake
June 17, 1989
Dan Sullivan's parenthetical statement that being a liar is the basis of acting ("Helmond as Sarah Bernhardt: The Legend Doesn't Translate") reveals an ignorance of the craft unacceptable in a professional theater critic. He should know that the basis of all good acting is the truthful recreation of the artist's own experience brought into the context of the scene through creative imagination. This process has no more to do with lying than it does with pretending as children do at play.
November 7, 2009 |
Here are the ups and downs of being a teenage actress on a television show with strong adult themes: Your training at a prestigious ballet school has to be dropped, bad. But you get to spend your summers on the beach in California, good. You get to kiss the boy you've had a crush on because it gets written into the script, good. But this is your first kiss -- like, ever -- and so your first kiss will take place on camera, beneath a boom microphone and in front of the crew . . . along with your mom. Bad. You're on TV, cool.
February 17, 2010 |
When Helen Mirren was a girl growing up in England, she'd often saunter out onto local sidewalks, idling, hoping to be discovered. "I stood around on street corners imagining that a film director had to drive by and say, 'There's the girl for me.' Hoping that someone's going to go, 'She's the one,' " she said. "I really wanted to be an actress, but I just didn't think that it was possible for someone like me." Looking at Mirren now, seated on a couch in a posh Los Angeles hotel room sipping a cappuccino, it's difficult to imagine her as a young, wide-eyed girl, yearning desperately for some type of impossible dream.
January 24, 2010 |
"Inglourious Basterds," Quentin Tarantino's Nazi-era ode to the power of cinematic historical revision, won the Screen Actors Guild's biggest award Saturday night for movie ensemble acting -- something of a surprise win for the film that featured an international cast of stars, first-timers and unknowns. In the acting categories, Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock walked off with the top trophies for their starring roles in dramas ("Crazy Heart" and "The Blind Side," respectively).
November 29, 1987
Acting is not a mad scramble for this week's script, lunch with so-and-so, next week's audition, then a 14-hour vigil of desperation by the phone. This is not a business where a divining rod chooses who can or cannot be an actor. Acting is truth. The searching for it, the revealing of it, the joy within it. The approach to this profession is a noble one that commands a great deal of respect along with relentless attention. The work is essential to good acting. The exploration jubilant!