Tuesday, September 04, 2007

ON ACTING: The Audience as Lie-Detector

Audiences are sophisticated lie-detectors. The can through the process of kinesthesia (through muscle-memory) detect the actor-as-character's lie beneath the offered truth. That's why actors don't have to 'play' the lie...just feel the truth...then lie.

Audience's have been living lies all their lives. They have been periodic deniers of inner meanings. They therefore have the highly developed experiential ability interpret the hate hidden hate behind the enemy-character's tight smile, the extra studied casualness in a hyper-sexed first date, who is pretending not to notice the full-bosom girl at the next table, the character who is trying to convince the other character he understands the conversation when he hasn't the slightest clue what is going on.

"It takes one to know one" is the guiding rule/reality underpinning the concept of trusting the 'audience-as-lie-detector' in enacting a character lie.


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