Alec Nevala-Lee

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Meryl Streep in Sophie's Choice

I asked [Meryl Streep] how she plays a character in the dark about her fate when, as an actress, she knows the terrible scene is coming…She said she was not sure that her approach was conscious and deliberate, but she only read the screenplay once, and she did not look at the scene again until the night before it was shot. She said she read the scene, had a glass of wine, and went to bed. The scene was not really rehearsed, and when the camera rolled, she was as shocked and horrified as any innocent reader. She told us they shot the scene only once. For me, that is a stunning insight into the ways in which the actor’s art is also the art of storytelling.

Frank Galati, to Stay Thirsty

Written by nevalalee

March 18, 2016 at 7:30 am

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