What Makes A Good Actor?

I don’t know about any of you but when I watch a film I want to enjoy. I want to be engaged and entertained by it. But you can’t enjoy that film if you’re not satisfied by its contents; and one of the main problems with bad films are the the actors. To me, aside from the plot, the actors are the most important part of the film. If your good; brilliant. If you bad; you just ruined a potentially good movie. Now I’m going to voice my opinion of what a good actor is.

Firstly he/she needs to be dedicated to take on the role of that person. For example Heath Ledger took on the role of the Joker with dedication and was superb at it. He locked himself away in his hotel room for a month to make sure he was in the right mind for the role. He dedicated himself for making his Joker persona perfect and aced it with flying colours. Actors like him that spend time on their characters and making themselves just like the character is exactly the kind of attitude a good actor should have. Making sure you have everything right, even things as little as an accent or look in their eye.

Another important aspect is being able to clearly act what you need to act, this means using the right tone of voice, uses the right gestures, have the correct facial expressions required to give the scene an effect on the viewer. Take Danny John-Jules for example. He once had to play a dimwitted, boisterous lunatic. If he stood there not moving at all and not using a range of vocal tones his character would be a disaster. Clear conveying is very important for acting.

A good actor must also keep character at all times. Not once must s/he go out of character. It’s such an essential to make sure you can keep a consistent character throughout the film or else it just becomes a sloppy mess. For instance Chris Eigeman. He once had to play the part of a cocky, self centred git. But instead his character was all over the place. His acting was poor, his voice was always the same, and not once did he come across as cocky.

One more crucial component of a good actor is simply the ability to make what you’re doing look genuine. You they have to feel what they should be feeling and express that for the audience to see. The actor needs to be able to take what the character if feeling and express it though his own body to make us feel what they are feeling. If someone is supposed to be scared and you see it in their eyes an effect is created which has an effect on the reader.

This is some of the components I think make up a good actor. If you think differently or have anything extra to add, leave a comment and I’ll get on it as quickly as possible.


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