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NEWSFLASH: Famous Hollywood Star Thinks Acting is Daft!

Written by Philip M Garcia

Acting is Daft Indeed
Hang on folks did we hear right? Well apparently we did, because sixty year old Ed Harris, one of Hollywood’s greats insists it’s really silly pretending to be someone one is not. Daaah!

We seek to understand his point of view. After all, isn’t “pretending” what actors are supposed to do? Ed has other ideas. In fact, he recently told a reporter
“I don’t know, I guess there’s just something really goofy about being an actor!”

“Sometimes they give me a hat or something to wear, or I’m supposed to speak with an accent, and then I feel especially silly because it’s like, ‘Why am I wearing this hat and talking in this funny voice? This is so weird and dumb, you know?'”

Perhaps Ed is afraid of being taken over by the characters he is “pretending” to be, which would be pretty grim After all when he “pretended” to be a scientist in the blockbuster “The Abyss!” his character had a nervous breakdown. He also “pretended” to be an evil sales manager who sunk to the lowest common denominator in the movie Glengarry Glen Ross, classified as “a pitch-black, deeply profane case study” in celluloid! Not nice! To boot he played a non-kosher cop in Ben Affleck’s “Gone Baby Gone”, and even the warped psychiatrist who manipulates lives in the “The Truman Show”. Perhaps we should not blame Ed for thinking acting is silly then. Especially if “pretending” to be someone horrible gets under the skin!

He claims”Sometimes I have to pretend to get mad and yell at someone who I’m not even angry with—and that person is pretending to be someone else, too, so I have to call them by the name of the person they are pretending to be while I’m yelling at them,”


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“Most of the time when they’re filming me acting like a guy who’s not me, I’m just hoping to get through it without smiling or laughing when I look at the person I’m talking to.”
“It’s really hard,” Harris added.

Ed is Not the Only Actor to Think Acting is Daft
Well, Ed, get this, you are not the only famous actor who thinks acting is daft. The delectable and absurdly gifted Jennifer Lawrence confessed to “Vanity Fair” that she thought acting was silly too. “Not to sound rude, but acting is stupid” our Jen announced!

“Everybody’s like, ‘how can you remain with a level head?’ And I’m like, ‘Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.'”

The Most Minor of Gifts
Famous Hollywood legend Katharine Hepburn also inferred the same thing when she said
“Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.”
“Acting is the perfect idiot’s profession.”
“It’s a business you go into because you’re an egocentric. It’s a very embarrassing profession.”

Marlon the Brando
Marlon Brando the arch method actor and perhaps the most gifted movie actor of all time said “Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It’s a bum’s life. … The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.”

Fifties Super Star
Even if fifties super movie star Robert Mitcham did not totally agree with Brando he once said, “Acting is not a tough job. You read a script. If you like the part and the money is OK, you do it. Then you remember your lines. You show up on time. You do what the director tells you to do. When you finish, you rest and then go on to the next part. That’s it.”

George the Cloony
And last but not least George the Clooney concurs that acting is also for the birds.
In fact, he would concur heartily with Ed! “I cut tobacco for a living in Kentucky. That was hard work. I sold insurance door-to-door. That’s hard work. Acting is not hard work!”

So when are you going to join the “Acting is Silly Club?” If soon, know you are about to hit the big time on stage and screen in very Ed Harris, George Clooney, Marlon Brando style! Finally, along with all the other Movie Stars you can say pretending is silly, even though it makes you thousands of dollars in one night!

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