ON ACTING: More About Control
Emotions are not discrete. A single emotion does not end, and another begins. Emotions overlap. They are like musical notes of a piano played with a depressed foot pedal, a blending of subsequent sounds over time.
Or, the rise and fall of emotions are like pistons, all part of a single moving engine: one piston may be dominant at a particular moment--‘I’m angry more than sad and sexy…but I’m also confused and hurt’at the same time--only one coming to the top of , dominating, the engine’s actions, but the others are co-existent and simultaneous operative.
Drive straight ahead on a safe and empty road sometime. Suddenly make a turn to the left. Your whole body does not make a full turn. Part of your body still maintains forward direction. Then make a right turn. Suddenly one part of your body is reacting to the momentum of the right turn, while part of it is still responding to the earlier forward and left momentum. (In fact, your body will be going in all three directions at once!)
So it is with emotions. Therefore, an actor who enacts his feelings one at a time, discretely, one following the other, as if going in one emotional direction at a time, is a false actor.
Life, which acting emulates, is too complex a thing to allow such conscious control. The good, smart actor, knowing these truths of emotional spontaneity and complexity, enters a scene open to feeling, but allows the reality of the stimuli of the ongoing scene to unconsciously affect him/her in that complex, mysterious thing called "emotions".