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David Thompson on the culture of acting

Acting is storytelling, and any child knows the delight in distinguishing a“real” story about what Dad did at work, and a fantasy—a pretend job—about what he wished he had done. (Of course, there are family situations where neither Dad nor the kid can tell the difference—and that’s dysfunction.) A culture of acting is disconcerting, too, but everyone understands the basic energy in acting—let’s pretend—because it’s the same energy that carries us to the movies.

David Thompson


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