“If your process creates an inhospitable environment, you’ve lost sight of what’s important to me.”
‘Midsummer’ star Will Poulter recently took a jibe at the ongoing debate about method acting.
The “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” actor underwent weight training and dieting to transform into his character Adam Warlock, who, Marvel said, is “perfect to be genetically engineered by scientists.”
Yet Poulter told The Independent UK that “mental and physical health should be number one, and beauty goals secondary” when it comes to turning up for the role. And that limitation also includes not taking the character too literally in the way of acting.
“For me, it’s not necessary,” said Poulter, reflecting on his career. “On ‘Detroit,’ my African-American colleagues — who were responsible for my character brutality — and I were very integrated into that challenge, and we got to know each other and hang out.”
Poulter continued, “When it comes to an actor’s process, whatever it may be, as long as it doesn’t violate other people and you’re being considerate, that’s fine. But if your process is in an inhospitable environment.” To me, you’ve lost sight of the important things. The manner of behaving should not be used as an excuse for inappropriate behavior – and it certainly is.”
Fellow Marvel alum Jake Gyllenhaal jokes about the way he acted during his opening monologue For “Saturday Night Live” April 9.
The Oscar nominee said, “To be honest, I wasn’t that good at method acting.” “I remember for this movie ‘Nightcrawler,’ I went to the director and I was like, ‘Get ready for me to lose 48 pounds and win an Oscar.’ And then a week later I was like, ‘How do you want to see an actor lose 36 pounds and win a Golden Globe?’ And then I showed up on set and I was like, ‘You look at a guy who’s gained 10 pounds and doesn’t care about awards!'”
Gyllenhaal explained that the way of acting made him forget “how to have fun”, and that he felt that “acting in general is a really stupid job”. “It’s showing off! And it’s fun and it should be filled with joy,” the “Spider-Man: Far From Home” star said. “Okay, I’m finally embracing that joy again, and that’s why I stand back on this stage!”
“Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore” star Mads Mikkelsen recently called method acting “nonsense,” especially when the strategy reaches a level of “madness.”
“What if it’s a crap movie – what do you think you achieved?” Mikkelsen said in a GQ interview. “Am I impressed you didn’t leave the character? You should have dropped it from the start! How do you prepare for a serial killer? You’re going to spend two years investigating this?”
The “Casino Royale” villain continued the “pretend” exercise, “The media goes, ‘Oh my god, he took this so seriously, so he has to be fantastic; let’s give him a prize.’ Then that’s the point, and everybody knows about it, and it becomes a thing.”