Thursday, April 25, 2013

Being Jim Carrey

"Man, you look like Jim Carrey!".
"Wow, you're so like Jim Carrey!"
"That's a Jim Carrey face!"

All of those who like making faces must have been told, at least once or twice in their life, that they look like Jim Carrey. There are those, instead, who go beyond simply making faces: they build their whole personality around it.  
They spend hours in front of the mirror. They observe themselves and study every single facial line they have. Then, they decide which ones are assets and which ones are just and simply wrinkles.

So, the DeNiro type will gather most of their lines on their forehead and between their eyebrows. The Eastwood type works off frowns and crow's feet. Should we even discuss Jack Nicholson's sharky eyebrows?
There's, then, the Jim Carrey type. The Jim Carrey type gathers the DeNiro, the Clint Eastwood, the Jack Nicholson, the James Dean types and all the other known types, either famous or unknown.

If making faces, either for entertaining purposes or for the mere sake of it, has always been your cup of tea, you must find it particularly annoying to be told "You look like Jim Carrey".

You can try lifting your eyebrow looking sideways as you do: Jim Carrey has done that in The Mask.
Try smiling and stretching the corners of your mouth into a sideline, propping your upper neck slightly forward: that's Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura.
Raise the corners of your eyebrows and turn up your scleras pretending you're frozen-dead: ok, that's Jack Nicholson in The Shining, I'll give you that.
Wrap tape around your face: that's Jim Carrey in Yes Man!
Enhance a relief smile while peeing: Jim Carrey did that in Dumb and Dumber.
Pretend throwing up after you saw something gross or disgusting: again Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber.
Mouth a conversation on the phone: Jim Carrey in Yes Man!
Hide your arms into your T-shirt sleeves: Jim Carrey.
Overlap someone who's talking to you: Jim Carrey.
Jim Carrey Jim Carrey Jim Carrey.

No matter what face you make: you will always, always, always look like Jim Carrey.
Whatever face you come up with, Jim Carrey made it first.


Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Judge Within

The Scarlet Letter
Nobody, at some point in life, is spared lying on the bottom of the barrel.
Nobody is saved from reaching their lowest ever moral level. Yet, this won't satisfy the humorous side of Fate. The Moirai will have us trapped not only into the basest of all deeds for men of our ranks, but also the one we have always criticised others for.

Although we all are to some degree, it's good to try not to be judgmental in life.
But it is absolutely necessary that we do so in Art.
When acting and writing, it is important for us to know where we stand before we decide to remain neutral.
That becomes true especially if we're playing or writing about characters, whose psychological and behavioural nature is extremely contradictory. We are then forced to stand in a different pair of shoes and, to some extent, convince ourselves that the character's thought is our thought. The quest for perfection requires that we find a logical spot within ourselves for that conception which happens to be so conflictual with our morals.

We must be that killer. We must be that liar and we must take revenge.

Whether we like it or not, we must find a way to make that character trait a part of ourselves. As we rummage, we might even discover, to our surprise, that the profound grudge we had often criticised others for was indeed there, inside of us. That profound crave for vengeance has always pulsed within us, buried under stacks of dusty rainbows and lemon candies, shaking and whirling like boiling magma, to just flow out and give our characters real life.

When that happens, it is impossible not to learn this important lessons:

Snobbery, at best, will kill our art; at worst, it will make it mediocre.