ON ACTING: The Centrality of Actors in the Theatrical Experience; Part II
The process of theatre and film originates with, focuses on and revolves around the actor’s central participation in the stage or film event. Story may be the vehicle; but acting is the sine qua non raison d’etre, the driver, the engine of theater and film.
The actor is the axle; everything else is the spokes.
(Animation might seem to undermine this thesis, but the anthropomorphic antics of animated characters can still be considered central ‘actors’ in the film. Even animators can’t escape the need to deal with, use and understand humanity--actor reality--as a basis or their creative experience of animating.)