Youtube Saturday: Act your age!Posted: April 16, 2011
And we roll around again to another Youtube Saturday. This we, we discuss acting, particularly good acting.
We start we a very recognisable one here. Jack Nicholson in The Shining. This is where Jack goes nuts. Some people say that Jack Nicholson can only really play himself in movies, rather than being a particularly good actor. But the ability to sustain a character for long periods of time is not something to be lauded at.
From crazy man to crazier man, we have Heath Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker in The Dark Knight. This scene shows Batman interrogating The Joker. The Joker’s version of insane doesn’t just mean angry as in Jack Nicholson’s character, but demented. Heath Ledger’s portrayal is so good, you almost want him to win over Batman. Or perhaps that’s just me…
I’ve always had a soft spot for Dustin Hoffman. Kramer vs Kramer is a story about a father’s right to his child. Rather than being a case of the father walking off, the father is actually left to cope with his child when the mother walks off. She eventually comes back and wants to take the child for herself. This scene shows the brilliant acting of Dustin Hoffman as he gets angry without actually raising his voice. A coherent, but very touching moment.
Moving slightly into TV for a second, here we have Hugh Laurie describe how it can be often difficult to concentrate on your own character in a film, and not pick up the idiosyncrasies of other characters.
And finally, we have Sir Ian McKellen talk about the idea of acting schools. Surprisingly he never actually went to one, and instead acquired all his considerable skills simply doing acting.