How hard is it?
Can dumb actors "project intelligence"?
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/05/2013|
I'm not a rocket scientist; I just play one on the big screen.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||05/04/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 3||05/04/2013|
Not really. Salma Hayek always comes across as an airhead no matter the part.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||05/04/2013|
[quote]I'm not a rocket scientist; I just play one on the big screen.
It was a nuclear physicist, dear. Be careful you don't get typecast.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||05/04/2013|
I was surprisingly good in BEING JOHN MALKOVICH as the nerdy girl.
And I'm dumber than a box of hair.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||05/04/2013|
I played an ASS-TRO-fizz-A-cyst!!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 7||05/04/2013|
I think it's possible, but I've never seen it.
Worst example I've ever seen is when Jeffrey Donovan took over for Robson Green playing Dave Creegan in Touching Evil. It didn't work because Donovan didn't look bright enough to play Creegan.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||05/04/2013|
On stage, at least, it seems to be readily achievable if they have a smart director who does understand the lines. It's quite a gobsmacking experience to go to the "Meet the actors" night of a Chekhov play. You watch it, and you're seeing all these cultured characters with high sensibility, and then the actors tell you what they thought they were doing and all you can do is roll your eyes.
Of course, if the director's not very bright either you roll your eyes during the show.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||05/04/2013|
If one can act, one can project anything.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||05/04/2013|
Cam Diaz @R8 is PISSED, you guys!
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|by Anonymous||reply 13||05/04/2013|
Cameron Diaz is a good example. She's a good actress and can play smart, though comes across as not all that bright.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||05/04/2013|
R8, how do you pronounce "faeces"? Fie-YAY-says?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||05/04/2013|
The word "dumb" means "mute". The word for lacking intelligence is "stupid".
|by Anonymous||reply 16||05/04/2013|
Silly R16, unaware that words can have more than one meaning.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||05/04/2013|
Who could forget psychiatrist JLo in The Cell or nuclear physicist Denise Richards or Mark Wahlberg with anything requiring an IQ.
Watching intelligent actors trying to do dumbed down characters is more painful.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||05/04/2013|
[quote]Watching intelligent actors trying to do dumbed down characters is more painful.
Jodie Foster does it well.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||05/04/2013|
Bad examples, but what about Patrick Stewart?
He's best known for playing the very intelligent Captain Picard, and a lot of other smart characters. I've never seen him come across as bright in interviews, quite the opposite.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||05/04/2013|
R19 - Jodie doesn't play dumb characters for the most part. She's very good at playing street-smart, but poorly educated characters.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||05/04/2013|
All it takes is wearing horn-rimmed glasses.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||05/04/2013|
Actually, Jodie's efforts to play outside her type can be laughable at times: the working-class mom in LITTLE MAN TATE, and of course, NELL, which is epic camp.
Take another look at her as the tough, downtrodden girl in THE ACCUSED. It's astonishing she won an Oscar for such an obvious, overwrought performance. But then, I'm not a fan.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||05/04/2013|
I liked her performances in Little Man Tate and in The Accused.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||05/04/2013|
She was great in The Accused. Totally deserved that Oscar.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||05/04/2013|
Didn't we all think Jeremy Irons was somewhat smart? When he went off the script, oh boy!
|by Anonymous||reply 26||05/04/2013|
No. But with good editing, they can look like it.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||05/04/2013|
Jeremy Irons is a great example!
He really can play intelligent, wise, or manipulative characters, but seems to be a complete dolt in real life. Worse, a complete dolt who believes he's smart.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||05/04/2013|
People with cut glass "sophisticated" British accents always get a pass and it always works in America. In his home country Irons isn't so revered. The apparent dumbness is new though.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||05/04/2013|
Uhhhm, what. was. the. Question?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||05/04/2013|
Jodie Foster is a talented actress with a very limited range.
With each role, ask yourself, "Could this character be a lesbian?"
If your answer is no, then Jodie will not be good.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||05/05/2013|
Michael Gough, "Alfred" in the Batman films, thought he was stupid, but sustaining a decades-long acting career takes a massive amount of emotional intelligence, at the very least. From a 1988 interview:
Last month, Michael Gough marked the 50th anniversary of his short-lived Broadway debut. Even in 1937, there were plays that lasted less than a week, and 'Love of Women' was one of them.
Gough has done considerably better since then, but one thing hasn`t changed.
"I keep thinking I'm going to grow up, and I haven't managed it yet,"said the 72-year-old British actor, currently appearing in 'Breaking the Code.'
"I've got this intelligent face and no brain at all," he said.
"Emotionally I'm over the top, and intellectually I'm under par. Probably the reason I'm an actor is is that you don't have to pass examinations-I was hopeless in school; I never passed a single exam."
Whatever-he did develop a love of language that makes him particularly aware and appreciative of the dialogue in 'Code.'
"It's cut to the bone, there's no fat in it, no `wells` or `buts` or `ers,`" he said.
"There`s a reason for every line, there's a rhythm. If I get a word wrong, it throws me."
|by Anonymous||reply 32||05/05/2013|
It can't be done, or else Leonardo Di Caprio would actually be believable in the Aviator.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||05/05/2013|
R28: His problem is not being believable as an intelligent man; it is being believable as a man.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||05/05/2013|
I thought Lindsay Wagner did a good job of playing the Bionic Woman, a relatively smart character. But whenever I saw an interview with Lindsay, she seemed really dumb.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||05/05/2013|
On that note, Heather Locklear was the only one with a brain in Melrose Place. Not exactly a MENSA candidate herself, yet it worked.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||05/05/2013|
Ben Affleck always looked dumb to me. Always.
Regarding Jodie Foster, The Beaver displays the mediocrity of Foster as a filmmaker.
Brad Pitt strikes me as incredibly dumb, yet he can appear intelligent in certain parts (when he doesn't breathe through his mouth).
|by Anonymous||reply 37||05/05/2013|
Victoria Jackson's portrayal of Marie Curie was quite good.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||05/05/2013|
How about Justin Bieber's upcoming role as Stephen Hawking? I hear he's been working on the voice for months.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||05/05/2013|
Ben is quite smart. Watch him on Real Time.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||05/05/2013|
Thank god most don't agree with you r23
Gillian Anderson owns this thread. She's very flighty in real life but amazing as Agent-Dr. Scully.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||05/05/2013|
Blythe Danner comes off as smart but in real life is rather dim...and she shat out that awful creature who just won't go away.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||05/05/2013|