a straightjacket of don’ts

“For most actors, characterization means chiefly what their characters won’t do. As soon as an actor puts such a limitation on his work, he’s being less than himself, imprisoned in a straightjacket of don’ts… make choices that give you the maximum possible involvement. If there’s a possibility, however unlikely, however remote, that you might love the other character in the scene, say yes to the possibility. There’s more feeling in potential love than there is in the impossibility of it.”

– Audition, Michael Shurtleff

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