It's a horrible job in terms of security. I know lots of actors, some
I count among my dearest friends, and the best of them are very
charming and intelligent human beings. Often surprisingly shy and
bookish, and always specialists in black humour. The cliches about
"luvvies" or actors being narcissistic or ego-driven or lacking
personality - I remember that Harlan Ellison story - doesn't hold with
the serious artists among them, of which there are more than a few.
(If they don't have a self to perform with, what do they perform? A
good actor needs to understand quite a lot of humbling things about
him or herself, including how to confront and cope with failure, which
is inescapable on a stage). There's far more egomania among poets,
take it from me!
On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 9:57 AM, Sally Evans <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> yes actors can be most insecure and odd when they dont have roles to play.
> We were very close to John Cargill Thompson an actor-playwright, we
> published many books of his plays and yes, that does give an insight into
> that world.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "David Bircumshaw"
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>> Good Lord! I haven't peeked in here for a day or two and I find all
>> this. Marvellous.
>> The only mystery about Shakespeare is that he was an actor (and
>> sometimes an act-or). I think the closest you can get to him is to
>> read biographies of Olivier or Alec Guinness, in that when they
>> weren't playing roles they were like nobody, as if they had no
>> personality of their own.
>> David Bircumshaw
>> Website and A Chide's Alphabet
>> The Animal Subsides http://www.arrowheadpress.co.uk/books/animal.html
>> Leicester Poetry Society: http://www.poetryleicester.co.uk
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