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Roger Rabbits special effects still fucking hold up by todays standards AND looks better than most films that come out NOW it was that ahead of its time

I’m still amazed that Hoskins had that little to work with. Everything about this video is awesome.

This made my day.

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Let me tell you about the sheer brilliance that is Meryl Streep and her creation of Miranda Priestly.

Ask any young woman what her favourite film of Meryl’s would be, and I’m quite certain that The Devil Wears Prada would come up in conversation, favourite or not. And it may seem like a generic answer: oh, a film about fashion, so obviously women would identify with it. No, that’s not it. This film isn’t about fashion. This film, as Meryl says, “is a story about a woman at the head of a corporate ladder who’s misunderstood, who’s motives and pressures on her are intense and who doesn’t have time to play certain nice games.”

And though screentime and first bill casting can indicate that Andrea Sachs is the main character, who are you really left thinking about at the end of the film?

Miranda Priestly — the woman who was written as a fictional equivalent to Anna Wintour from the novelist Lauren Weisberger’s experience as her assistant — in the novel was a raging, two-dimensional boss from Hell written only to antagonize and complicate the lives of her employees with impossible standards and even more impossible demands. She was expected to resemble Vogue’s editor-in-chief (Miranda’s office in the film a near replica of Anna’s), so imagine everyone’s fucking surprise the first day Meryl showed up on set wearing an untested wig white as snow, with a voice that never raised, where the most deadly delivery was a whisper.

But this scene on the right, this scene that hadn’t existed until Meryl went and thought, “wait a minute, there’s an imbalance of character here…” so she brought it to light and this was written. Sparingly, as it was said, yet one of the very few scenes to be altered in the entire film. This is how it went: Meryl showed up to the scene without any make-up. She walked in, didn’t talk to anybody, sat down and did it, got up and left, went downstairs and waited. She did this scene once.



And the thing is, this wasn’t meant for you to suddenly cheer for Miranda; it was to show you that she was human and that her success came with a costly price that hurt her the most. She thawed the Snow Queen, extinguished the flames of the fiery boss from Hell and gave her what she never had on paper: substance.

If completely reinventing a character from a subpar novel by giving her actual character and successfully distinguishing her from the woman she was based on isn’t considered pure talent, then I don’t know what is.

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Anthony Hopkins as Audrey and Derek Jacobi as Touchstone in the all-male National Theatre production of As You Like It, 1967

"Anthony Hopkins struggled with the part of Audrey and threatened to bolt, but the role came into focus when he first donned a practice skirt (Sunday Times, 1 Oct. 1967). Hopkins put his discomfort to work, creating a performance that seemed ‘to have grown out of embarrassment’ and became the ‘funniest’ of them all, his Audrey ‘a bass-voiced Brunnhilde who sits expressionlessly through Touchstone’s advances and then grasps him in a bear-hug’ (Times, 4 Oct. 1967). At one point she thwacked him with a paddle. Derek Jacobi’s Touchstone ‘managed the incredible feat of making this clown actually very funny’, also contributing to the visual disorientation by being ‘prettier than any of the girls’ (Evening Standard, 4 Oct. 1967; Times, 4 Oct. 1967).” – Cynthia Marshall (ed.), Shakespeare in Production: As You Like It (2004), p. 75.

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William Hartnell doing his close to the face hand gestures. Apparently Hartnell gave his fellow actors the same lecture about gesturing close to the face on ‘as live’ television as you never knew when you were going to get a close up.

Hartnell is sometimes criticised for forgetting lines and such but his performance and presence as the Doctor is just so strong. Watch him in scenes, in the background, watch his eyes dart back and forth, the curiosity, the wonder. Watch his hands tremble slightly, and watch as he interrupts with the best precision, and watch how he commands the scenes without saying much at all. When people say that Hartnell is just the actor who forgets his lines we get so sad because acting is so much more than the lines, and when he couldn’t remember, he made up for it with his mannerisms and his physicality and authority. 

It didn’t matter that his sentences came out wrong sometimes, he was boss and you’d listen to him. You still believed in him.

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[day 1 of 50 shades of gray]

[glorious, heavenly sunlight burst through the ceiling]

[idris elba appears, backlit by a heavenly glow]

today we are canceling the the apocalypse

[charlie hunnam is bodily dragged off the set]

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this will never be not funny.

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In the scene in The Incredibles where Helen (Elastagirl) is flying the plane, her use of radio protocol is exceptionally accurate for a movie. The terminology used hints that she has had military flight training. In the director’s commentary Brad Bird says that actress Holly Hunter insisted on learning both the lingo and its meaning.

  • “VFR on top” means she is flying in the regime of Visual Flight Rules ‘on top’ of a cloud cover.
  • She requests “vectors to the initial”, or directions on how to get to the initial landing approach.
  • “Angels 10” is her altitude call, ten thousand feet. This is a military term. Civilian flights use the term “flight level”.
  • “Track east” is her direction of travel.
  • “Buddy spike(d)” is a US military brevity code meaning “friendly anti-aircraft radar has locked on to me, (please don’t shoot)”.
  • “Transmitting in the Blind Guard” is a call on the emergency frequency where 2-way communication has not been established.
  • “Abort” is also a military brevity code, a directive meaning “stop the action/mission/attack”.

god i love when actors/ voice actors are intent on using correct lingo for things like this

its so easy to BS this sort of thing and sometimes it might work but it’s vastly more impressive when they actually use correct terminology 

She also uses the handle “India Golf Niner-Niner” or, in the NATO Phonetic Alphabet, IG99.

The Iron Giant (1999), also directed by Brad Bird.

I’m pretty sure there was a part that never got into the movie that showed she had a flying buddy and it explained a bit more as to how she knew that stuff? I remember that she called him but they didn’t show him other than that.

Sitll, god I love this movie so much.

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Just Tom being as adorable as ever.

I love how amazingly separate he manages to make Loki. It’s like watching Heath Ledger disappear into The Joker, but with less makeup. I really love when actors can do that, I think it takes a certain amount of awareness that doesn’t come easily/to everyone.

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Analyzing Mycroft in A Scandal in Belgravia:

I have spent way too much time looking at these screencaps, but I think Mark Gatiss is brilliant, so yeah.

1. Right after Mycroft knows his plans have failed.  The shock is just written on his face.  He can’t believe all the work has just come to nothing.

2. He realizes the terrorists found out through Irene and Sherlock, and he is upset with himself.  He led Sherlock down this path.

3. Now, he is angry at Sherlock.  How could his little brother do this?  He trusted him, gave him what he needed: a distraction, cases.  He is feeling betrayal.

4. This may be my favorite.  Actually, it was this face that made me start looking at these moments.  Mycroft is terrified.  Just like that little break in Sherlock’s voice, when John is threatened, this is Mycroft showing he cares.  In spite of everything, he loves his little brother.  He doesn’t want to have to tell his bosses that Sherlock is the leak, but he is afraid he will have to, afraid Sherlock will be hurt in the process.

5. When all is said and done, Mycroft can’t do anything, and he is exhausted.

In like five seconds, Mycroft runs through the entire gambit of human emotions.  I am obsessed.  I could write sonnets about these five seconds.

I love subtlety-appreciation like this because there are so many shows (and fans, tbh) that ignore the importance of subtle characterization.

(That being said: “the entire gambit of human emotions”… I thought it was “gamut”? Or have I been saying this wrong my entire life? Anyone know?)

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