What does this mean to me? Another life lesson learned from this beautiful art called Acting..or as I like to call it “Living Truthfully in an Imaginative Circumstances.”
Well, let me start off by saying what Jane said in the first few sentences is incredibly eye-opening and 100% true. I mean Yes. The truth is a very powerful weapon. And Yes. We have been trained to lie. Not by our parents but by society and social norms. We are trained to be polite to spare peoples feelings; so people will like us; so people will hire us. So from the very beginning, we are taught and encouraged to not Speak the Truth, and we often wear a mask or persona to hide or mask what we are really feeling inside. But here is the thing, not only do we lie to the world but, we also lie to ourselves. We all do it. It’s ok. It’s not your fault. The good news is that it’s not too late to start Speaking the Truth. And Jane said, how to start fixing that, I think that part is pretty self-explanatory.
But how does Speaking the Truth translate into acting? Well, let me ask you a question…Why do we love movies, film, & tv? I mean, yes we love them for the obvious reasons like they are fun and entertaining. But we also relate to them as people and human beings. Despite how incredibly unique each of us is we all have emotions. And they are messy, and they are illogical, but they are beautiful. Rob Steiger’s performance is a great example. In that scene, he honestly and authentically is feeling and experiencing the pain and loss we see he is feeling. He is not faking. He is not just acting. He is living.
For me, in Rob’s performance what was eye-opening was how he was able to truly get to the place of pure loss and pain. As Rob, he wasn’t breaking down because of his character losing his shop. Rob was able to authentically recreate that amount of pain through his imagination. To Rob, he was living as though he had just lost his own son. Jane said it so beautifully, “And in that moment, he achieves a naked vulnerability and total honesty.”
You might be asking yourself, why was Rob thinking of losing his son? Well, that is how Rob was able to relate to the pain of the character, who had just lost everything, his whole life’s work was gone. Everything he worked for no more. Rob, knowing about himself, knew that his son was his everything, so what would happen if his son was gone…well he beautifully shows that to us in his performance. It was a way for Rob to relate to the character and create a truthful response which was captured by millions of people around the world.