What are the Drawbacks of Method Acting?
After a few hit movies, stars instantly become a household name and the paparazzis suddenly start following them to provide every small detail to their fans about their lifestyle. But there are some actors who are down-to-earth and are known for their passion in acting.
Though superstars charge hundreds of crores as their fees to act in a film or even a commercial, the best actor is the one who makes all the efforts to be popular and dives into the character. An ideal actor is not the one who charges heavy amounts to be featured in a blockbuster hit. Instead, they are the ones who have improved their craft on all mediums, be it a small screen or big screen, and learned various acting techniques over time.
What is Method Acting?
Method acting is one of the most popular and controversial acting techniques in the world. The effectiveness of this technique is still the matter of debate, but it is also important to know a better insight to the history, nature, and context of anything before making an opinion. Lee Strasberg was the visionary Polish director and actor who originated method acting and redefined the way today’s actors perform.
Actually, there is nothing wrong in method acting. But it is simply not required. Here are some of the reasons why most experts criticize Method Acting –
- It’s about the actor
Theatre was always focused on storytelling. The centre of the Method is the actor and their creativity, instead of the play itself. It leads to self-centered performance that doesn’t focus on the play and author’s efforts.
2. Not so practical
An acting technique must have practicable tools and you must be able to use them quickly. It is not the acting that takes a performer off the scene. There is a lack of practicable points.
3. Pointless and Forced Emotion
Emotion has nothing to do with action. Obviously, we cannot control emotions and we can barely control them, especially when the actor is under any stress. If humans could control their emotions, they wouldn’t be humans. Why did we need counselling or therapy? One can force out their tears or fake emotions. But they cannot overdo it for acting. It’s the acting that wins the heart of the audience, not an actor.
4. There is nothing real
Method Acting is often believed as a fake work. Obviously, it seems like something creative or busy. But when a performer goes for a rehearsal, there is no practicable use of it. People may perceive their character, topic, or epoch harder and it takes a lot of time. But it doesn’t do anything good to play the scene.
5. Doesn’t look fun
You may definitely not want to make acting a complex task. Do you? Acting must be fun for determined and passionate actors. Why waste a lot of time by making it so daunting? Enjoy the process, the training, and the performance.
There are so many brilliant actors without the Method. They know how to use their talents. Method isn’t wrong, it’s worthless!