so you’re a playwright

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If you think understanding what actors do, and why, and how, isn’t important to you, please get into another business.

If, however, you are interested (and I’m betting that you are), then listen to some of the best.

Oh, and btw, I had a friend on the crew of Marathon Man who was there when it (¶2 of the linked article) occurred, and here’s the story I was told at that time. Hoffmann wanted Oliver to do an acting exercise with him which required both men to walk and walk and walk, to prepare them for the scene to be shot. Olivier had a circulatory disease and although this was difficult and painful, he participated until he couldn’t any more. He then uttered, “My dear boy, why don’t you just act?”

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