Lights! Camera! Interaction!
Good acting, according to Oscar nominee Robert Forster '64, is interacting-both
among actors on stage and between the actors and their audience.
During an impromptu two-hour session at Drama House, Forster, himself very
much in interactive mode, fielded questions and spun stories about an actor's
life on Hollywood sound stages. Before Marlon Brando came along, Forster told
his listeners, it was assumed that the only good actor was a loud actor. That
changed when Brando, insisting on using his characteristic mumble, started a
trend toward naturalistic acting that resulted in performers relating to each
other like real people. It was, Forster pronounced, "Marlon Brando's good deed."
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