"Believability and Complexity"
Its a fundamental of performance process that a characters believability relates significantly to the characters levels of complexity. Some characters are very complex, others are not so complex but they are never without complexity. Sometimes actors quest a truthful complexity through trusting random impulses that emerge from their own individual complexity. This can create great complexity in the character but it will often create great confusion, too. This confusion arises because the characters actions and choices arent bound together by unifying purpose. In life our choices are bound together by our individual life experience and psychological desires. The same should be the case for the characters we play.
a Complex Character
A Challenging Recording
Rather than summoning up great quantities of painful experiences and squeezing as much power as he could into feelings of anguish, Peter returned to Rehearsal Room basics. He spent a moment mentally sifting through The Rehearsal Room list of verbs and then selected to be loved as his characters primary psychological need(intention). Despite the fact that he was playing a man dying in a military world, entirely surrounded by confused and frightened men PETER chose that simple and powerful need as his characters subtext. Having done so, he walked into the booth and nailed the speech in one very impressive take.
These actors successfully turned very basic dialogue into very effective performance by bringing a believable complexity to their characters. The complexity was unified by a fundamental psychological need that was then trusted and monitored second by second by the actors own impulses and active listening.
Being believably complex is what makes a character real.
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