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Method Madness

By Megh Pant

Some times i think this is the most commonly used term by everyone and actually no one knows what it means for me it means nothing

What is method acting?

Method acting is not an acting tool nor is it a book it does not involve growing beard, loosing or gaining weight, living like the character or becoming a character. The most misunderstood term, misused by everyone and it spells nothing but ignorance about the craft of acting, to who ever use it without knowing what it actually is now a days it is used more in a derogatory context to undermine the effort put by actors towards the craft of acting.

IN FACT There is nothing like method acting it is a wrong term to use.

What is “the method”?

Method is a school of acting, a philosophy towards the craft of acting. Better know generally as the American school of acting and specifically to the work done by a pioneer a legend of acting education lee Strasberg.
Method is the step wise approach to the craft of acting developed by lee Strasberg over a period of 45 Years at the actor’s studio in New York and it is only for actors who have been trained under his banner and by him over a long period of time who can be called method trained actor.

THERE IS NOTHING LIKE “METHOD ACTOR”, THE TERM WHICH IS ACCEPTABLE AND CORRECT IS “METHOD TRAINED ACTOR”

Method training is a training procedure which has nothing to do with an actor’s performance in a specific play or film it is the effort put forward by the actors to imbibe and practice the various acting tools developed at the studio by lee Strasberg.
It is more about doing Laboratory Behavior work and Practicing in private than with coming on stage and blowing the audience away.

What are the techniques?
Developed over a period of more than 50 years it would be better to practice those techniques than to talk about it, it is something that has to either be learned over a long- long period of time or be taught by a guru who has been trained in the method.

METHOD IS NOT A TOOL IT IS A TRAINING PROCESS… METHOD TRAINING IS A WORD THAT IS ACCEPTABLE.

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