Jon Bernthal has become the latest star to decry the acting method, the technique by which actors stay in character even after the cameras have stopped rolling.

Bernthal is discussing his new HBO miniseries We Own This City – written by the creators Wire – when he was asked if the term “method” was abused in his industry.

“Certainly,” said Bernthal The Hollywood Reporter. “And that’s why these conversations are so hard for me, to be honest, because every actor has a process. Having studied in Moscow at the Moscow Art Theater, I assure you that making people call you by your character’s name and not showering for 8 months is not what Stanislavski thinks about Method. ”

Zombie The star specified that due to limited time while filming, he understood his desire to stay “closer to that role” rather than “on a cell phone or eating Chinese food or making plans for the evening” .

“But where do I think this idea of ​​the Method works [We Own This City co-writer] George Pelecanos is only allowed to call me Wayne, I don’t mind that. I don’t see any benefit in that,” he said, referring to the real-life cop he played in the movie, Detective Wayne Jenkins.

Method acting has become a big part of cultural discourse since late this year, thanks to stars like Jared Leto and Benedict Cumberbatch doing their best to keep the character alive.

Mads Mikkelsen also had choice words for method actors

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However, many actors such as Bernthal have criticized the technique, including Mads Mikkelsen, who called it “bullshit”. The Magical Creatures The star recently said: “What if it were a movie – what do you think you’ve achieved? I got the impression that you didn’t abandon the character? You should have dropped it in the first place! How do you prepare for a serial killer? Will you spend two years testing it? “

Meanwhile, Will Poulter told The Independent that “method action shouldn’t be used as an excuse for inappropriate behavior – and it certainly does.”


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