Ethan Hawke joins acting method debate: ‘I think it’s crazy’

Method play – or method – is one of the world’s most iconic and mysterious playing techniques. It’s also one of the most controversial and recently Ethan Hawke had something to say about the misconceptions behind the method game.

“A lot of extremely gifted and inspired people are extremely selfish,” Hawke said. “And it works for them

The ‘Last Movie Stars’ director discussed the method, as it was once taught at the Actors’ Studio by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg using Stanislavski’s technique, during a PGA panel hosted by the TCM host Ben Mankiewicz at the offices of Warner Bros. Discovery in New York. Tuesday.

In the CNN Films and HBO Max docuseries about the marriage, respective careers and acting practices of famous Method actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, star Vincent D’Onofrio illustrates a Method moment by reading a scenario with emotion and crying at the right time. D’Onofrio teaches at the Studio and even helped Hawke with his “Training Day” audition, with the role that earned Hawke his first Oscar nomination.

“If you’re going to do a Miles Davis documentary, I really want to learn something about music, not just Miles Davis,” director Hawke said of the scene. “You hear all this talk about the method game. It’s thrown away all the time. People say, ‘Oh, I guess he’s taking Method.’ My father could say that. He doesn’t know who Stanislavski is. He doesn’t know what that means. But you hear the expression.

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