Actors will tell you that Leigh's method gives their characters a hinterland. Why is it, then, that they so often look to me like exaggerated caricatures?
Jason. I couldn't agree more. I watch a Mike Leigh film every 4 years or so and am constantly reminded what a lousy filmaker he is. Then I experience some kind of amnesia and try again only to be - yet again - reminded what a mistake I made. Every character seems to reguritate ham roles that they learnt in Drama school. Leigh's even good at making good actors bad. Follow that!
Jun 24 - 07:38 AM
They only look to you like 'exaggerated caricatures' because your only scratching the surface on some incredibly detailed characters that may seem simple up-front but are incredibly detailed if you keep looking, relate this to Transformers if you still don't believe me or if you want the proper definition of exaggerated characters! :)
Oct 3 - 10:51 PM