Stranger Things actor David Harbor has said that method acting, where actors fully embrace their characters by playing them effectively in real life, is “dangerous” and “stupid”.
Speaking to GQ, Harbor explained that he had been trained in classic American method acting, but as he got older he decided it was ineffective at all.
“When I was younger – it’s so embarrassing – but I remember playing that famous Scottish king and thinking, ‘I’m going to kill a cat’ or something. ‘I’m going to kill something to know what it feels like to kill’ ,” he said. “I didn’t actually do it, of course. That’s not only silly, it’s dangerous and it doesn’t actually do a good job.”
Harbor also talked about Daniel Day-Lewis, perhaps the most famous example of an actor using method acting. “He is an extraordinary actor that I am fascinated and fascinated by” [but] if he explains his process, it sounds like nonsense to me,” Harbor said.
Harbor joins a number of other actors who have spoken out against method acting in recent months, as in April Mads Mikkelsen, Will Poulter and Samuel L. Jackson all criticized it.
“They’re bulls***,” Mikkelsen said bluntly. “But preparation can drive you insane. What if it’s a movie, what do you think you’ve accomplished? Am I impressed that you didn’t drop character? You should have dropped it from the start. How do you prepare “You think you’re a serial killer? Are you going to take two years to figure it out?”
Jared Leto is also known for his method acting, which kept the set of Morbius for a long time, as he insisted on using his character’s crutches at all times, causing the bathroom break to last up to 45 minutes. When the movie was released, IGN said it was mediocre in our 5/10 review.
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