"I am not a Strasberg fanatic. In fact, I find it incredibly self-indulgent. I've seen actors come through it because they're strong people themselves, because they're able to use it and go on, but I've also seen actors absolutely destroyed by it, which is painful to see. It has to do with this voodoo that's all about ...the verification of behavior, so that I become the character. It's not true Stanislavsky. He was on a different mission, and I think Strasberg bastardized him in a way that verges on psychosis. You forget about the material, you forget that this is a play, you forget that it's for the audience. 'Hey, man. I'm in my private little world. What you talkin' about? I'm over here. I'm involved with the lemons.'"
Friday, February 05, 2010
Shepard on acting
Should have included this in the previous post, but I love this Shepard quote on acting from a '97 Paris Review interview.