HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » James Lipton: How to Act...

Tue May 15, 2012, 01:49 PM

James Lipton: How to Act Human: Advice for Mitt Romney From Inside the Actors Studio


A few months ago, Brian McFadden’s weekly comic strip in the Sunday Times offered ways for Mitt Romney to improve his image. One panel showed him with me on the set of Inside the Actors Studio, under the heading “Take Acting Lessons to Appear More Relatable.”

<snip>

In this media-saturated era, the line between politics and performance has virtually vanished, and the public is having a hard time believing Mr. Romney’s persona (as in dramatis personae) — a potentially fatal flaw for any actor, but especially for a presidential candidate. Why doesn’t Mr. Romney’s audience believe him?

Perhaps it starts with his laugh, a device he employs at odd moments and in a most peculiar way. (The public thinks that crying is the acid test of the actor, but in fact “laughing” is much harder — and Mr. Romney hasn’t mastered it.)

Listen to his laugh. It resembles the flat “Ha! Ha! Ha!” that appears in comic-strip dialogue balloons. But worse – far worse – it is mirthless. Mr. Romney expects us to be amused, although he himself is not amused. Freeze the frame, cover the bottom of his face with your hand, and study his eyes. There’s no pleasure there, no amusement. Genuine laughter is triggered only by, and is completely dependent on, shared perception. That’s why we say we “get” a joke.

<snip>

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/05/how-to-act-human-liptons-advice-for-romney.html?mid=rss

4 replies, 1234 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 4 replies Author Time Post
Reply James Lipton: How to Act Human: Advice for Mitt Romney From Inside the Actors Studio (Original post)
cali May 2012 OP
phantom power May 2012 #1
EFerrari May 2012 #2
JI7 May 2012 #3
aint_no_life_nowhere May 2012 #4

Response to cali (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 02:02 PM

1. Here's what Romney needs:

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cali (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 10:54 PM

2. kick

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cali (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 11:00 PM

3. i just saw this on Odonnell's show and it was great

i never watch his own show but he was funny .

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to cali (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2012, 11:45 PM

4. I noticed that some time ago too - Romney smiles only with his mouth

His eyes are either cold and dead-looking or sometimes even menacing or hateful. It's strange. Crazy people in the asylum can laugh without looking happy. Romney is almost there.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread