A list of those performances, that for some reason or another, have stood out above the rest in keeping me inspired and dedicated to always growing as an artist. Some such as Brando in Streetcar, first turned me on to wanting to become an actor.
I believe watching great actors can help you tremendously. Study the greats! Some of them are even considered legends so why wouldn’t you want to study their every move?
These are the actors, and more specifically the films, I find myself returning to time and time again whenever I’m in need of soul-nourishing inspiration. John Belushi in Animal House always lends himself to any comedy I’m doing and the energy Burt Lancaster exudes in Elmer Gantry (and just recently DiCaprio in Wolf of Wall Street) have always served me well in emulation. For you see, it’s not copying what they have done, but relating to the energy and transforming it into your own. Adding to it what is uniquely you, as you are your own individual and artist.
Just a technique I believe in and hey, it’s fun to watch movies!
Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront
Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire
Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke
Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate
James Dean in East of Eden
James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause
James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy
James Cagney in Angels With Dirty Faces
James Cagney in White Heat
Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump
Clark Gable in Mutiny on the Bounty
Clark Gable in It Happened One Night
Errol Flynn in They Died With Their Boots On
Errol Flynn in The Dawn Patrol
James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
James Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life
Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace
Claude Raines in Notorious
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street
Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark
Burt Lancaster in Elmer Gantry
Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity
John Belushi in National Lampoon’s Animal House
Zachary Quinto in The Glass Menagerie (Broadway, 2013-2014)