Tuesday, September 28, 2010

An actor's perspective (Dallyn Vail Bayles of Liken the Scriptures)

I stumbled across this on youtube, and thought it was really neat. Actors who play scripture characters have a unique opportunity to get inside the heads of the people they play, and try to understand them. It's neat to me to listen to how Dallyn Vail Bayles prepared for the role of Alma.

You and I may not be acting in the next big Liken the Scriptures movie, but I think maybe we can learn something from the way an actor prepares to assume a persona of a scripture character. I know I could stand to think more about what the people were thinking and feeling, why they did what they did, and how they became who they were. And after all, are we not all striving to take on the persona and attitude of Christ? Perhaps as we read, we can think about how we can "act" more like him.

1 comment:

  1. I think you get the most out of a story/book when you do relate to the characters, I donno, I guess I always place myself in the shoes of the characters I read about and that's how I get most out of the things I read/watch/take in. That's probably why I get so emotional and cry a lot in movies even though in real life I wouldn't in those situations,, But isn't that basically how you're able to experience things you never would without the media? By assuming the persona of the characters you see?