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How do actors stop breathing when playing "dead"?

You hyperventilate right before the take, the same technique as for swimming underwater [not highly recommended underwater, but in air, of course, you can change your mind and breathe again at any ...
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How do actors memorize extremely long scripts?

Unless they're performing in a play, actors don't generally memorize the entire script before the film starts shooting. The reality is, the film will take (on average) 6-12 weeks (or more) to film ...
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Why does "No-one ever get it in the first take"?

So… why can't the actors just get it right the first time? Well, quite often they can. They are professionals, they do this all day, every day. They have learned how to learn lines, follow direction, ...
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How do actors make eye contact with CGI characters?

If you talk to actors that do a lot of CGI, the answer is "not very easily". (Ian McKellan famously almost quit filming The Hobbit because most of his work was acting solo, since they had to CGI in ...
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How do actors avoid looking into the camera?

It's only difficult to not look into the camera for you because you're not used to being around them. If someone's taking a photo or video of you, you're "trained" to look at the camera because it's ...
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The most roles played by the same actor in a movie?

I don't know the answer. But here's a potential candidate. Unlike the aforementioned films that involved digital cloning of one character (Clone Wars, The Matrix, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), ...
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What accent did the actors use in Black Panther?

From State.com (emphasis mine): Beth McGuire: Visually, that’s where we were. Linguistically, what we did is we honored the genealogy of the precursor to Black Panther—Captain America: Civil War. T’...
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Why would the Actors Studio mistrust the acting technique employed by Anthony Hopkins?

After comments, I guess I ought to address the question title head-on to start with. It's simply human nature to mistrust any teaching which goes completely contra to your own [this doesn't just apply ...
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How do actors control laughter in comedy scenes?

Practise and familiarity. The actors will already know the lines by heart. The first couple of blocking run-throughs, even before camera is set up, will let them get over most remaining giggles. You'd ...
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The most roles played by the same actor in a movie?

In Bollywood film What's Your Raashee?, Priyanka Chopra plays 12 characters, depicting the signs of the zodiac. Individual role played by the actress with there zodiac sighs are as below : All ...
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The most actors playing the same role in one movie?

There's a wiki article on this too - List of characters played by multiple actors in the same film The highest film I can find that definitely meets the requirement is: Palindromes - eight actors ...
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What does Peter Dinklage eat on camera in Game of Thrones?

Peter Dinklage is a vegetarian. He has been a meatless eater since the age of 16. In all of the scenes that require him to be eating meat with his dear family in King’s Landing, Dinklage eats tofu or ...
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In the Lost in Space intro why was Dr. Smith actor listed as a special guest star?

At the point where Jonathan Harris joined the show, everyone else had already signed contracts that said where their names would be put on the billing, so he unfortunately would have to be last. As ...
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Are actors contractually obligated to certain things like going nude/ Sensual Scenes/ Gory Scenes?

For example an actor does not like to go nude or shoot a sensual scene.But if it is a part of a script, can they choose to not do it? or do they HAVE to shoot because of the contract despite not ...
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How do actors memorize extremely long scripts?

In a movie, you typically don't need to learn the whole script. You just need the current scene, and that's usually just a few lines - easy to learn on the spot. Most of the practice is spent finding ...
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The most roles played by the same actor in a movie?

Kind Hearts and Coronets is a full length film where Alec Guinness plays eight members of the D'Ascoyne family: Ethelred "the Duke", Lord Ascoyne "the Banker", Reverend Lord Henry "the Parson", ...
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The most roles played by the same actor in a movie?

From the 2013 Chilean comedy film "El Ciudadano Kramer" ("Citizen Kramer"), 24 roles for a single actor : Stefan Kramer as himself, and "Alturo Longton" (Arturo Longton) "Moreno Piñera" (Miguel "...
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The most actors playing the same role in one movie?

Depending on your definition of "Played" and "Movie", Doctor Who counts. First is the "Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death" comedy special, (a spoof of DW prior to the revival, really), we have 5 ...
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What makes an actor an A-lister

TL;DR "A-list" actors are exceptionally successful, their notoriety extends beyond the silver screen, and their name guarantees a box office hit. Long Explanation: As per Oxford Definition: ...
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Why would the Actors Studio mistrust the acting technique employed by Anthony Hopkins?

First, Hopkins' himself does not identify as a Method actor. However, what he does is fairly consistent with the Method anyway. Under the Wikipedia entry on Method Acting, we read: Method acting, ...
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Are actors contractually obligated to certain things like going nude/ Sensual Scenes/ Gory Scenes?

The SAG-AFTRA union provides specific protections for actors for nudity and sex scenes. What You Should Know About Nudity Riders: If your performance in a film will include nudity, partial nudity or ...
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Why does "No-one ever get it in the first take"?

Actors (and the legion of technical staff, as mentioned in Tetsujin's answer) can't "get it right" in one take because there's no singular "it" that they're aiming for. The final ...
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The most actors playing the same role in one movie?

CW turned answer originally posted as comment by Chanandler Bong In I'm Not There Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Ben Whishaw (6) all play ...
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How do actors memorize extremely long scripts?

There is at least one example of a prominent, A-list actor, Marlon Brando, who did not memorize his lines. Cue cards were printed with his lines and he would read from them. This article discusses ...
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In the Lost in Space intro why was Dr. Smith actor listed as a special guest star?

Jonathan Harris did not join the cast of Lost in Space until after the show was already in production, not being in the pilot. At this point the billing had already been finalized, so through contract ...
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