Stranger Things: Jamie Campbell Bower defended himself for “method acting done right” for the Netflix role

stranger things Fans have defended Jamie Campbell Bower after he was criticized for method acting in preparation for his role on the show.

*Minor spoilers for Stranger Things season 4 below*

The Twilight saga actor stars as Henry, who transforms into the monster Vecna, in the latest season of the Netflix sci-fi series.

Discussing his process, Bower said he had to “dig” within himself to channel this sense of “resentment” that drives the creature.

“I wouldn’t speak to anyone outside stranger things world for at least four days before filming anything,” he said diversity.

“I would find myself doing some pretty wild stuff. If someone saw me walking the streets of Atlanta at 2 a.m. talking to myself, they would understand. I just brought up a lot of anger, especially for Vecna.”

While actors like Jared Leto and Jeremy Strong are known for their intense forms of method acting, many have argued that the idea is outdated and can negatively impact the cast and crew around them.

This prompted a number of viewers to slam Bower for his comments, with one writing, “Are you really acting when you have to do all that extra sh*** to ‘get into’ the role?”

“As a professional actor, why couldn’t he just pretend to walk the streets at night, fill his spot with weird sticky notes and go antisocial for a few days,” tweeted another. “That’s, um, what actors are supposed to be good at, right? The acting part? lol.”

Bower appears in the new series Stranger Things.

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However, many fans defended Bower, pointing out that the actor’s version of Method Acting didn’t hurt any of his co-stars.

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“Guess I can add ‘actors getting into character doing private exercises that sound really fun and doesn’t hurt anyone’ to the long list of things that really piss people off on Twitter,” wrote one Commentator.

“He did it right, he wasn’t molesting any co-stars or anything [just] has retired,” said another.

One tweet read: “Why do you all hate him? Yes he did method acting and I think he did a great job in the last few episodes but unlike other actors who are assholes he didn’t harm anyone or he didn’t even have to be an asshole. ***** just to get him in the zone to act.”

“As long as you’re not an asshole to other IE crews or cast, I don’t see a problem deciding how deep a particular character needs to dig,” said another fan.

“Honestly, this is an example of method acting done right; he doesn’t involve anyone negatively and/or against their consent in his preparation, he just does what he has to do to deliver the best possible performance,” one fan said on Twitter.

In a recent interview withThe IndependentActor Will Poulter said that performers’ processes should not “interfere with other people’s,” adding that they should always be “considerate.”

“If your process creates an inhospitable environment, then I think you’ve missed the point,” he said. “Method acting shouldn’t be used as an excuse for inappropriate behavior — and it definitely has.”

Julia Roberts also recently said there was “no way” she would ever take part in the exercise.

“Are you kidding? It’s too much. You have to put the bag down,” she said. “I mean, I admire people who do that. It looks exhausting to me and I’m secretly like, ‘Oh, I wish I could do that. I wish I could be that intense.’ I was only joking.”

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