Tuesday, February 2, 2010


"There are no bad actors, only bad directors."

An idea repeatedly expressed by JP these past few weeks. What's your response to this assertion? JP has criticized actors like Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, and Demi Moore for trying too hard to express emotion or embody a psychological state ("mimicry") onscreen.

But it seems the above idea suggests that actors are interchangable parts to be manipulated by directors to their own ends? Could someone like Streep easily replace Gena Rowlands in Cassavetes' Faces, for instance?