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David Harbor considered killing a cat part of method acting

David Harbor almost did something strange.

The ‘Stranger Things’ star recently told GQ about his brief fling with Method Acting and how deep he almost got into it.

“When I was younger – it’s so embarrassing – but I remember playing that famous Scottish king,” he told the magazine.

“And to say, ‘I’m going to kill a cat,’ or something like, ‘I’m going to murder something, to know what it feels like to murder.’ I obviously didn’t really do it. Not only is that stuff silly, it’s dangerous and doesn’t actually produce good work.”

Several famous actors — Robert De Niro, Marilyn Monroe, Christian Bale, Jared Leto and Daniel Day-Lewis — adhere to the so-called method that theater historian Isaac Butler told The Post “driven by immersing yourself in your psychology and yours.” Emotions and use them to build a bridge to the character.”

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Harbor recently starred in Season 4 of Stranger Things.
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Harbor said that Day-Lewis, who practices the method, is “an exceptional actor,” but “when he explains his process, it sounds like nonsense to me.”

Harbor isn’t alone with this idea, as other actors have also spoken out against method acting. Will Poulter, best known for his role in The Maze Runner, told the Independent, “Method acting shouldn’t be used as an excuse for inappropriate behavior, and it definitely has.”

Insider reported that Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen said the method was “just pretentious” in an interview with GQ.

For the fourth season of Stranger Things, Harbor said he’s lost 80 pounds, telling Britain’s GQ, “I don’t think I’ll ever do that again.”

https://nypost.com/2022/07/07/david-harbour-considered-killing-a-cat-as-part-of-method-acting/ David Harbor considered killing a cat part of method acting

Emma Bowman

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