How to Act

“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.

(c) 2021 JMN — EthicalDative. All rights reserved

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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