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Tuesday, 29 October 2002
Method Actor

So I suppose there was a method to her badness?

Whine? Oh ... nah!

fresh-baked at 08:10 AM

I laughed when I read that headline this morning. "Research". Ha! "Honestly, your honour. The director made me do it!" Very creative defence, I must say.

Offered by: Nancy on October 29, 2002 08:40 AM

Wow! Note to self, never hire her to star in "The Lizzie Borden Story".

Offered by: Thomas on October 29, 2002 09:31 AM

these celebs are living in another world. "i murdered that guy to prepare for my role officer."

Offered by: alex kidd on October 29, 2002 10:00 AM

This is just SO WRONG! on too many levels.

Offered by: Deb on October 29, 2002 10:50 AM

Well, this makes sense now. Winona was a victim of the method system and therefore not responsible for allegedly shoplifting.

Offered by: Sally on October 29, 2002 11:20 AM

"I'm sorry honey, but I was having sex with that floozy because I'm preparing for my next role onstage. You HAVE to understand, I'm going to be playing a philanderer, so you see, it's alright if I fornicate with random women. Method acting and all.

I warned you it would be hard on us if I decided to be an actor, but I SWEAR... it's my love of acting that's making me do this. I SWEAR.

Hmm? What's that? Why I did get passed up for the lead in that John Wayne Gacy play... why do you ask?"

Offered by: leo on October 29, 2002 11:41 AM

Well, the defence is funny, for sure.
But I don't understand how she can face 9 years in jail for shoplifting. Even for 5000$+ (shoplifting on Rodeo Drive can't come for less I guess).
She obvioulsy has a serious personality disorder which should be treated, but not in jail !
And yes, I know, she behave badly...

Offered by: philippe on October 29, 2002 12:23 PM

Well, at least she is consistent. She admitted herself to a mental hospital, which served as preparation for her role in "Girl, Interrupted." Never mind that she didn't know about the role at the time of her self admission -- later, it proved to be a stroke of genius. I suspect that now some witty screenwriter will write a shoplifting role for her, and when she shows up at the premiere for that film, she will talk about her preparation time at Saks.

Here's a question for the peanut gallery: What is "reality" for a method actor? Is there such a thing?

Offered by: Desert Mermaid on October 29, 2002 01:42 PM

Mermaid, that's a good question

I've trained a little in method, and agree when some say that an actor can only be 100% of a part when they have experienced it themselves

But of course, Winona has made a mistake

Personally, I would have done some mental exercises, then walked around the store PRETENDING to steal things, but then actually pay for them/put them back at the end

This would help the actor to explore the emotions of a thief without consequential arrest/fine/gaol

In preparation for 'A brilliant mind', for e.g., Russell pinned up equations on his caravan walls. But he didn't take a mathematics degree..

Offered by: Andy on December 8, 2002 09:02 PM