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(Ars Technica)   I imagined what it would be like to be a wizard, and then I pretended and acted in that way on the day. And how did I know what to say? The words were written down for me in a script. How did I know where to stand? People told me   ( arstechnica.com) divider line
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4 days ago  
It was too late.. I saw everything.
 
4 days ago  
Magneto could kick Gandalf's butt.
 
4 days ago  
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4 days ago  
He should have one of his student talks during exams week and walk into a study area and shout "You shall not pass!" That will freak them out.
 
4 days ago  
Did anyone who filmed the Lord of the Rings actually enjoy It? They all seem to say it was a great experience and they are glad they did it but all tell horrible stories about the actual filming.
 
4 days ago  

Old Man Winter: Did anyone who filmed the Lord of the Rings actually enjoy It? They all seem to say it was a great experience and they are glad they did it but all tell horrible stories about the actual filming.


I heard at least one of the Hobbits was pretty merry on the set.
 
4 days ago  

Old Man Winter: Did anyone who filmed the Lord of the Rings actually enjoy It? They all seem to say it was a great experience and they are glad they did it but all tell horrible stories about the actual filming.


I heard they loved it so much they all got matching tattoos to memorialize the experience.

Not so much for The Hobbit.
 
4 days ago  
I think i saw this about 10 years ago
 
4 days ago  
I pretend I am a wizard, so I can wear a robe with long ornate sleeves.

/Closest I'll get to a real wizard sleeve
 
4 days ago  

ArthurVandelay: I pretend I am a wizard, so I can wear a robe with long ornate sleeves.

/Closest I'll get to a real wizard sleeve


You put on your robe and wizard hat?
 
4 days ago  
Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian, action, wizard, "You shall not pass!", Sir Ian, Sir Ian, Sir Ian
 
4 days ago  
Cold Comfort Farm Sermon - No Butter in Hell
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4 days ago  
Uriah Heep - Wizard
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4 days ago  
I know in different professions people do things different in general but it seems in acting there are pretty distinctive types.  The method actors who really get into the role, the more cerebral ones who need to know motivation, & those who just kind of wing it naturally.  Is there a more prevalent type or a "typical" way of approaching it?

It's interesting to know what goes on behind the scenes after you see the finished product to me at least.

Wouldn't want to know ahead of time though that the actors were miserable, or so & so was an ass, etc.
 
4 days ago  

Cardinal Ximenez: I know in different professions people do things different in general but it seems in acting there are pretty distinctive types.  The method actors who really get into the role, the more cerebral ones who need to know motivation, & those who just kind of wing it naturally.  Is there a more prevalent type or a "typical" way of approaching it?

It's interesting to know what goes on behind the scenes after you see the finished product to me at least.

Wouldn't want to know ahead of time though that the actors were miserable, or so & so was an ass, etc.


I agree with this.  These movies are great because of the acting, editing, directing, settings, costumes, etc. and how they put them all together.  We respect Ian McKellen because his Gandalf character was awesome even though to him it was just speaking to cardboard cutouts and acting in front of green screens.  Sometimes you just want to enjoy the escapist fantasy and not know the nasty details of how it was made.
 
4 days ago  

Lochaber_Axe: Sometimes you just want to enjoy the escapist fantasy and not know the nasty details of how it was made.


I could go for some sausage about now.
 
4 days ago  

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4 days ago  

Old Man Winter: Did anyone who filmed the Lord of the Rings actually enjoy It? They all seem to say it was a great experience and they are glad they did it but all tell horrible stories about the actual filming.


Christ, you should hear the stories from the VFX people.
 
4 days ago  

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Great album. It still gets air play here.
 
4 days ago  

ArthurVandelay: I pretend I am a wizard, so I can wear a robe with long ornate sleeves.

/Closest I'll get to a real wizard sleeve


Closest Sir Ian will get, unless he pinch-hit Judi Dench.
 
4 days ago  

Lochaber_Axe: Cardinal Ximenez: I know in different professions people do things different in general but it seems in acting there are pretty distinctive types.  The method actors who really get into the role, the more cerebral ones who need to know motivation, & those who just kind of wing it naturally.  Is there a more prevalent type or a "typical" way of approaching it?

It's interesting to know what goes on behind the scenes after you see the finished product to me at least.

Wouldn't want to know ahead of time though that the actors were miserable, or so & so was an ass, etc.

I agree with this.  These movies are great because of the acting, editing, directing, settings, costumes, etc. and how they put them all together.  We respect Ian McKellen because his Gandalf character was awesome even though to him it was just speaking to cardboard cutouts and acting in front of green screens.  Sometimes you just want to enjoy the escapist fantasy and not know the nasty details of how it was made.



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4 days ago  
Extras was truly Ricky Gervais' best work. So many great moments. So many quoteworthy scenes.
 
4 days ago  

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Man I love Uriah Heep! Back in MySpace days I posted something about Uriah Heep after seeing something on the news about a member of the band and some guy told me that I was 'brave' for admitting I, as a girl, liked them?!? Never did figure out what he meant as he never answered my query. What the hell did he mean???
 
4 days ago  

OK So Amuse Me: priapic_abandon2: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/u0iuaxvk​Xv4]

Man I love Uriah Heep! Back in MySpace days I posted something about Uriah Heep after seeing something on the news about a member of the band and some guy told me that I was 'brave' for admitting I, as a girl, liked them?!? Never did figure out what he meant as he never answered my query. What the hell did he mean???


He meant that if it weren't for his horse, he wouldn't have spent that year in college.
 
4 days ago  

Tr0mBoNe: It was too late.. I saw everything.


I thought that was Patrick Stewart. I'll have to watch it again.
 
4 days ago  

SavageWombat: OK So Amuse Me: priapic_abandon2: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/u0iuaxvk​Xv4]

Man I love Uriah Heep! Back in MySpace days I posted something about Uriah Heep after seeing something on the news about a member of the band and some guy told me that I was 'brave' for admitting I, as a girl, liked them?!? Never did figure out what he meant as he never answered my query. What the hell did he mean???

He meant that if it weren't for his horse, he wouldn't have spent that year in college.


Okay, I like this answer. I don't understand it but I like it.
 
4 days ago  

Valiente: Sometimes you just want to enjoy the escapist fantasy and not know the nasty details of how it was made.


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Oh well done. WELL DONE.
 
4 days ago  

Old Man Winter: Did anyone who filmed the Lord of the Rings actually enjoy It? They all seem to say it was a great experience and they are glad they did it but all tell horrible stories about the actual filming.


I prefer movies that made the cast suffer. If it endangered their lives and might have potentially killed them? Even better? If the movie made at least one cast member swear off acting and have to seek therapy because of the experience, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
 
4 days ago  

soporific: Old Man Winter: Did anyone who filmed the Lord of the Rings actually enjoy It? They all seem to say it was a great experience and they are glad they did it but all tell horrible stories about the actual filming.

I prefer movies that made the cast suffer. If it endangered their lives and might have potentially killed them? Even better? If the movie made at least one cast member swear off acting and have to seek therapy because of the experience, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!


Wait, didn't Liam Needing swear off of acting after filming Phantom Menace?  Oh dear...
 
4 days ago  

soporific: I prefer movies that made the cast suffer. If it endangered their lives and might have potentially killed them? Even better? If the movie made at least one cast member swear off acting and have to seek therapy because of the experience, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!


Hi Mr. Landis!
 
4 days ago  

born_yesterday: soporific: Old Man Winter: Did anyone who filmed the Lord of the Rings actually enjoy It? They all seem to say it was a great experience and they are glad they did it but all tell horrible stories about the actual filming.

I prefer movies that made the cast suffer. If it endangered their lives and might have potentially killed them? Even better? If the movie made at least one cast member swear off acting and have to seek therapy because of the experience, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

Wait, didn't Liam Needing swear off of acting after filming Phantom Menace?  Oh dear...


Juding from those movies, I think he swore off acting about 1/3 of the way through production.  And he was still by far the most believable one in the whole triology.
 
4 days ago  

Farking Clown Shoes: Extras was truly Ricky Gervais' best work. So many great moments. So many quoteworthy scenes.


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4 days ago  

Cardinal Ximenez: The method actors who really get into the role


Method acting is literally a "method", it's a specific set of techniques that are taught as a means of portraying a character by institutions that provide formal training.  It's based on Stanslavski's earlier formalizations of the actor's craft, and it's the same thing as what you're describing as the "cerebral" method.  It's the version of the craft taught in America for the most part (partly because it was mostly developed in New York and Hollywood).

The other major set of traditions for actors at least for the English-speaking world is the British school (which is called various things depending who you ask).  It tends to stress specific techniques and 'tricks' for portraying character traits over Method's more generalist approach and lends itself more explicitly to actors having a 'specialty' type of role they're good at.

There's nothing stopping a director from just taking some random schmuck and sticking them on a stage or in front of a camera, but generally speaking these people tend not to be considered 'actors' in the formal sense and can't get, y'know, paid for it in areas with active guilds.  I mean, it happens every once in a while when someone is just absurdly charismatic without trying (e.g. Harrison Ford) but for the most part anyone you're seeing in an actual professionally-edited production on a screen of any kind is formally trained.  "Just winging it naturally" is not a thing that ever happens, it's the end result of all that training, the illusion being sold to the audience that the actor is the character.
 
3 days ago  
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3 days ago  

gunther_bumpass: Old Man Winter: Did anyone who filmed the Lord of the Rings actually enjoy It? They all seem to say it was a great experience and they are glad they did it but all tell horrible stories about the actual filming.

Christ, you should hear the stories from the VFX people.


I spent a week at WETA as a vendor in the middle of their work on either the 2nd or 3rd Hobbit movie. It wasn't any better.

Our sales rep to WETA said his wife basically hosted a spouse's support group in Wellington as the work hours were so grueling. Take an animator and fly him into New Zealand, stick him in a room for 12 months straight and his wife/family are definitely going to have some problems coping.

Then they fire 90% of them as only a handful of people are actual full time WETA employees. They all are contractors on short terms.
 
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