“You talk and I listen; then I talk and you listen. That’s how it works.”(90-year-old actor Robert Duvall on the art of acting, interviewed by Stephen Colbert, June 2021)
Duvall’s peer Clint Eastwood is credited with expressing his technique as “Don’t just do something; stand there.”
The deadpan passivity and submissiveness of great acting hinted at by these veterans can be cloaked by the cliché that it’s a gestural, role-flaunting art.
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