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On Konstantin Stanislavksy’s Philosophy towards Acting Quote from James Dean: The Mutant King x “In the Method, a character is created out of the emotional content of the actor’s own body. The actor is warned not to let himself be sucked into what is known as ‘the existential fallacy’ of confusing himself with his creation, but a performed like Jimmy, who has an imbalance in his own chemistry, is susceptible to this form of theatrical cannibalism. He can suddenly find himself consumer by the persona that evolves out of being cast consistently in a certain kind of role.” x “Europeans have always avoided the existential fallacy, at least in the theater, by allowing the actor to walk away from his mask, to be ‘merely an entertainer.’ Stanislavsky insists the actor keep this distance. ‘An actor does not surrender himself on the stage to some hallucination. On the contrary, some part of his sense must remain free from the grip of the play to control everything. He does not forget that on the stage are decorations. He says, ‘I know that all around me is a rough counterfeit of reality. It is false. But *if* all should be real, see how I might be carried away, then I would act!’” x I would love to see any art you are inspired to make after reading this. Feel free to tag me or use the hashtag #deadorganjohn on any posted art you make!