There are a lot of different acting styles out there. Most professional actors have been classically trained in theater but there are different techniques to utilize like Chekhov, Meisner, Stanislavski, Atlantic’s Practical Aesthetics and Strasberg’s.
It sounds ridiculous but there are lots of weird nuisances to each one. However, the most popular acting style is Method acting, which is essentially the “art of experiencing” or in other words, refusing to break character. It’s basically like living in the character’s skin the entire time through the process.
And the upcoming “The Batman” star, Robert Pattinson, hilariously trolls the very idea of “Method Actors.”
Robert Pattinson is quickly becoming one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. It’s ironic too because he famously starred in the lead role in the “Twilight” saga and was likely on the bubble of not being taken seriously as an actor.
But he’s turned the perception around over the last couple of years.
One could probably argue Pattinson’s 180 came about when he starred as Eric Packer in “Cosmopolis” in 2012, or playing a mentally deficient Australian in “The Rover,” but it was his jaw dropping performance in 2016’s “Good Time” that really demonstrated his ability.
Considering the Oscar contenders in acting will be crowded this year, nevertheless, his performance as Ephraim Winslow in “The Lighthouse” was truly remarkable. He also lit up the screen as The Dauphin in Netflix’s “The King,” which was released on Netflix a couple weeks ago.
Last month it was announced Pattinson would don the role as the caped crusader in Matt Reeves’ upcoming “The Batman.”
He’s quickly becoming one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood and that usually comes with a certain pretentiousness about the actor’s “craft,” but Pattinson doesn’t really see it that way.
Variety as an annual series called “Actor to Actor” where they set two actors together to interview each other. Pattinson was paired with Jennifer Lopez and when she asked him about “Method Acting,” he gave a pretty hilarious answer.
Lopez said during their interview of each other, “I feel like some younger actors, they feel like they need to stay in it all the time. And as I’ve done movies for many years now, I can’t wait for the end of the day to let it go, and go home and wash — literally get in the shower and wash it all off.”
Pattinson hilarious added, “I always say about people doing Method acting, you only ever see people doing Method when they’re playing an a–hole. You never see someone just being lovely to everyone going, ‘I’m really deep in character.’”
Is that not the truest thing you’ve ever heard?
Some of the most prominent self-proclaimed Method actors in recent memory are Daniel Day-Lewis, Christian Bale, Robert De Niro, Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix. Even Hollywood icon Marlon Brando was particularly famous for being a Method actor.
To his point, can you imagine some actor claiming to be utilizing this acting style in a genre like romantic comedy?
Can you imagine Paul Rudd claiming this about his performance in “Clueless”?
He’s so hilariously right about that. It’s refreshing to see an actor so clearly at the top of his game right now call out the pretentiousness of some actors.