I just finished shooting an independent feature film. I was having a very
difficult time figuring out my character. I knew that this film was a dark comedy,
but I still needed to make sure that my character was real, believable and not a caricature. My character gets kidnapped. My first inclination was to play this guy scared to death.
I was constantly thinking please don’t hurt me, don’t hurt my family. Something did not feel right about this approach. This was my mind set throughout rehearsals, but I knew that I had to make a change.
The weekend before we started shooting, I had this interesting idea. What made much more sense for me was instead of the character showing extreme fear, he actually was a fighter. Although he was scared, he expressed a toughness that the older version did not show. I talked with the director about the new concept, and he liked my idea. That is how it was shot.
When you are working on a character and something is not quite sitting right in your gut about how you are playing the character, trust your instincts. Spend some time and figure out what makes sense to you. Make sure that you honestly believe that your words and action make sense.
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