Depending on the style of the film you’re in you’ll employ different techniques. The method was made chiefly and purely because of film acting, but it’s not always useful in the sense that you can’t employ that kind of approach to everything you do. If you’re in a cartoon movie or one of these superhero films, there’s an element of grotesqueness that you have to bring to your performances sometimes to fill up whatever the cartoon characters are. It depends on the style of the film that you’re in.
That’s, I would say, a good arguement for going to theatre school the way I did. It’s because they chuck you in so many different kinds of plays and you realise that you need to learn different kinds of acting to pull off different kinds of plays that you’re gonna be in.
“Brando said that the difference between the two (stage acting and film acting) was on stage you have to show the character, you have to demonstrate your thoughts, show the character. On screen, you just have to think it. It’s in your mind. You allow the camera to experience the character by giving access to their inner world that you have.”—Jared Harris
“Frank Ocean wrote a fantastic ballad that was truly lovely and poetic in every way, there just wasn’t a scene for it. I could have thrown it in quickly just to have it, but that’s not why he wrote it and not his intention. So I didn’t want to cheapen his effort. But, the song is fantastic, and when Frank decides to unleash it on the public, they’ll realize it then.”
— Quentin Tarantino explaining why he didn’t use the song in “Django Unchained.”
“Paul Greengrass has staked out a very specific place in the cinema world. His best films - and almost all of his films are his best films - are about people pushed into impossible situations, places where survival and politics and basic humanity all collide. His films take place in the real world, even fictional films like his masterful Bourne duology. His movies are impressed by the clockwork strength of military firepower but also constantly, totally mistrustful of it. Paul Greengrass is making the movies that will define the early 21st century for the generations that come after.”—CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Movie Review: The Year’s Most Intense Movie Is Also One Of The Year’s Best
“Billy Bob Thornton says - I love working with Billy Bob. I call him the Hillbilly Orson Welles - so, he says: “Rehearsal is for pussies; only two takes”. And, actually, the first take is a rehearsal, really.”—Robert Duvall