Types of Actors

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3.4 Types of Actors Figure 3.2 Types of Actors and Some Current Actors Who Fit Each Category Impersonators Dustin Hoffman brings Lenny Bruce to life. The performance is so convincing and Lenny so gritty that today’s audiences may think they are seeing Lenny Bruce himself.Photo by Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/courtesy Everett Collection The term impersonator is considered somewhat demeaning in the acting world, suggesting that the actor has simply copied the manner, dialect, and behavior of a character, instead of creating the character. There are times when such a skill is useful—when a filmmaker needs a portrayal of a recognizable historical figure, for instance, but doesn’t want to distract the audience by casting a recognizable actor in…show more content…
Even though he can be considered a personality actor, no one would argue that Nicholson, who has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won three, is a brilliant actor. And actors like Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant remain popular personalities more than half a century after their heyday. But a lesser talent who relies too much on personality risks staying power. Will audiences 50 years from now recognize the strength of personality? Or will it simply seemed mannered and curious, a distraction instead of a beloved trait? Stars To define a star, think about a personality actor, only more so. A star is a distinctive screen persona, who is well–known and popular with the moviegoing public, often to the point that some avid movie fans become deeply curious about the actor’s private life Hollywood has a long love affair with stars, since the days of Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford. Stars are actors who are simply famous on–screen and off, personalities so magnetic that we are interested not just in their movies but in their personal lives as well. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are both talented actors. But they’re also famous stars, so much so that tabloids and gossip sites endlessly speculate on their relationship, their children, and every other aspect of their lives. Obviously this has been taken to almost absurd extremes today, where Web sites breathlessly report the content of text messages between actors and their mistresses
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