Isn’t that what acting is?

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.”


  1. sc_770d159609e0f8deaa72849e3731a29d says

    “One of her problems as an actor is she has a very hard time faking things.”

    James Deen {sic}, who acts in the same film and also acts in pornographic films presumably doesn’t have the same problem.

  2. jaytheostrich says

    Why oh why does anyone keep trying to hire Lohan anyways? At what point does an ‘actress’ become such a train wreck that people start saying ‘maybe this thing isn’t your bag’? I’m sure if it’s just looks they can find thousands of equivalent young women who might be way more skilled, so what is it about her name or whatever that they just can’t pass up, when her behaviour is apparently off the rails most of the time? Why is she seemingly irresistible to the industry?

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