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Questions tagged [acting]

For questions about the profession or techniques of acting in movies and television.

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What is the meaning of “crossover actress”?

I find this word in "Personal life and off-screen work" section of Actress "Mélanie Laurent" wikipedia article: In a 2009 interview, she explained that she does not have ambitions to be a ...
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What did Cody Fern mean when he said that Ayn Rand inspired his character and acting?

Cody Fern was asked how he prepared for playing the role of the Son of Satan in American Horror Story. The actor replied: I read a lot of Ayn Rand and I read a lot of old testament... source: ...
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How do actors while doing a scene focus on their scene regardless of having a crowd in their surroundings?

I have been in the surroundings of one or two movie sets and seen that despite having so much crowd surrounding the actors they perform most of their act easily. I wonder how they focus on the scenes ...
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How do actors stop breathing when playing “dead”?

I saw many movies when the actor/actress (in the movie) dies. In some movies you can tell that the picture is paused when it is on the dead character. But in other movies the actor is laying still ...
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What accent did the actors use in Black Panther?

The people of Wakanda in Black Panther spoke with an accent. Was it invented for the movie, or is it from a particular part of the world? It sounds distinctly African, but I can't pinpoint a country ...
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Do stunt doubles go to movies where the actor lookalikes go? [closed]

Since stunt doubles look somewhat similar to the actors they're replacing for the dangerous stunts, does this mean they tend to gravitate to films where they know their lookalikes are going, since ...
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Whose idea was the double-meaning finger counting in JFK?

In JFK, Kevin Costner meets secretly with Donald Sutherland in a park in Washington DC. Donald discusses elements of the assassination conspiracy. Towards the end of the scene he counts off 3 points ...
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Why don't the Ashmore twins work on the same projects more often?

Killjoys stars Aaron Ashmore who is the identical twin of the arguably better known Shawn. Usually, twins in the acting industry end up acting together, either as twins in the same film or TV show, ...
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Did Quentin Tarantino act in all of his movies? [closed]

So, are there any Quentin Tarantino movies in which he did not act?
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Children actors in R-Rated films [duplicate]

When a children appear in a movie that has a scene or two depicting sexuality (R rated material), is it the norm to let these children know what kind of movie they are participating in? Or are they ...
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How protected is the kid actress in Logan from the violence in the film? [duplicate]

I just saw the trailer of the movie Logan, where a female kid has the same supernatural power as Wolverine and does some pretty bad things (nasty killing etc.). I saw that and my hear squeezed, but ...
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How can one be nominated for an Oscar as “Best Actor” and “Best supporting Actor” in the same Film?

In the Film "Going my Way" Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for an Oscar in both cathegories ("Best Actor" and "Best supporting Actor"). How is this possible?
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When is an actor's appearence considered a cameo?

What are the "guide lines" to define an actor appearence as a cameo? Are there some specs to define it? For example, max time on screen, max scene, max lines...
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Why do actors often play their last scene on a movie on their first day of filming?

I am not even sure this is the case, but it did happen to Lena Headey in 300 and in this interview (9:30) Ethan Hawke and Keira Knightley agree that it is something that happens all the time, namely ...
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How are difficult/disturbing scenes involving children dealt with during film making? [duplicate]

I always wondered about scenes in movies or tv shows that show a child dealing with some sort of a disturbing, gruesome or difficult situation. I'm talking about how the child actors are dealt with ...
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How were Sophie's interactions with the BFG filmed?

According to the BFG himself, he's a whoppin' 24 feet tall. For the most part, the actress that plays Sophie does a good job of keeping her eyes "on" him, wherever his head is. She also avoids ...
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What makes an actor an A-lister

First. Please do not flag as opinion based. I'm looking for facts. In that thread someone mentioned, that Vin Diesel is not an A-list actor because he is: .... But he is a niche actor, he's not ...
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Which actor/actress has played the largest number of distinct actual persons in tv / cinema? [closed]

I was wondering which actors / actresses have played an unsual large number of different actual (historical) persons in during their entire career. Multiple appearances as the same character do only ...
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What does Peter Dinklage eat on camera in Game of Thrones?

I recently discovered that Peter Dinklage is a vegan, which means that he neither eats meat nor does he eat any products produced by animals, like milk and honey. So what does he eat in scenes where ...
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How do actors make eye contact with CGI characters?

In movies like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016), how do actors make eye contact with CGI characters?
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Does Lisa Kudrow break character a lot during scenes in Friends?

I always find that whenever Pheobe says something funny and just before the camera changes angle, Lisa Kudrow makes a face that is similar to someone holding their laughter. I have seen the gag reel ...
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Did Sean Connery learn Russian for Hunt for Red October?

Sean Connery speaks several lines of Russian dialogue at the beginning of The Hunt for Red October, prior to switching to English. Did Connery spend time learning Russian for this part, or did he ...
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Does Arnold Schwarzenegger intentionally strengthen his accent in older movies?

There are plenty of soundboard apps with Arnold Schwarzenegger's famous movie quotes that make him sound really Austrian and sort of funny. Considering how much time he had spent in United States ...
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Why does a character talk to the back of another character?

This seems to be commonplace in action TV series in movies: our hero talks to the villain, there is some exposition and instead of facing each other as civilised people tend to do, the villain will ...
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Did Sean Gullette actually trepan himself in Pi (1998)?

In the final scene of Pi, we see the character depicted by Sean Gullette put a drill directly to a tumorous bulge on his head. There's a noticeable blood splatter and the character doesn't flinch. In ...
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What traits do theater actors have?

A lot of TV and film actors come from theater; many of the best actors have theater experience. I've noticed every now and then, through interviews and so on, about there being a big distinction ...
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Hollywood actors whose voice is always substituted?

Not sure if this is actually true but I have heard a few times that some actors' real voices are never used for one or another reason. Are there actors in Hollywood whose voices are always ...
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Can alcohol be used during filming to strengthen an actor's performance?

Many times I have noticed overly realistic drunk/anger/agony performances, which made me wonder if alcohol was actually used to relax the actor a bit and let them "spit it out" in a more natural way?
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How do actors avoid looking into the camera?

When I am watching movies I seem to never catch actor's direct look into the camera. If you ever being filmed you will know how difficult it is to avoid the camera pointed at you and I can only ...
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How do actors memorize extremely long scripts?

I have always wondered, how do actors memorize very long scripts? Do they somehow read them or is it an absolute must to have an incredible memory to become an actor?
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The most actors playing the same role in one movie?

The most roles played by the same actor in a movie? is an interesting question, so I'm wondering about the opposite: Which movie-character was played by the most amount of distinct actors in a single ...
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Has The Academy ever addressed the issue with acting categories being gender separated?

Acting categories are separated by gender since they have been established (1929 for leading role and 1936 for supporting). I've seen several articles questioning keeping this gender separation on the ...
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The most roles played by the same actor in a movie?

What is the most distinct roles played by the same actor within a single movie?
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Method acting - characters from different time periods

After reading about Daniel Day-Lewis method acting in Lincoln and Gangs of New York, it got me wondering when filming stops and he stays in full character between takes does he look and all surprised ...
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Did Keanu Reeves actually know martial arts when he acted for the movie “The Matrix”?

Did Keanu Reeves actually know martial arts when he acted for the movie "The Matrix"? If no, how did he act in the movie? Does he actually know any kind of Martial Arts?
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To what extent are child actors exposed to the violent aspects of the movie they perform in?

Some movies feature child characters put in violent situations. This can range from crude language to extreme horror (e.g. torture, gore, etc.). As an example, Child's Play and its sequel has plenty ...