Paul Schrader spoke of the difficulties he had with directing Lindsay Lohan in a new film, saying that “One of her problems as an actor is she has a very hard time faking things.”
It reminds me of the story of what director Alfred Hitchcock told Ingrid Bergman when she said of a scene, “I don’t feel like that, I don’t think I can give you that kind of emotion.” To which Hitchcock replied, “Ingrid, fake it.”
Or the apocryphal story told about Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman when they were together in a film.
The story is that when Dustin Hoffman was involved with the movie Marathon Man, his character was depicted as looking like he had stayed awake for three nights. Dustin, being a method actor, decided to stay up for three nights in real life in order for it to look more realistic. When he came to the set, Laurence Olivier (An actor some consider one of the greatest in the world) asked him why he looked so tired and Dustin told him. Then Olivier pauses for a moment, then makes the famous statement, “Try acting, dear boy…it’s much easier.”