Monday, September 21, 2009

ON ACTING: Language

Words are not written for the actor (by the writer) just to express a character's emotion. If emotional release were all that was involved in the effort to speak, people would simply groan or a wail or a bark. Expletives would mark the edge of human discourse.

Humans use words to convince other people. Actors must do the same.

Language--dialogue--is the human species' sophisticated way to logically maneuver the human landscape to their purposes. Language takes inner emotions to a higher and more functional purpose: to convert short term bursts of emotional energy into long-term functional instrumentality. Words converts inner emotional experience into logic, with the intent of convincing people to aid us in achieving long term goals.


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