‘You hope you’re satisfying’: Ron Perlman says acting is ‘almost like sex’

Ron Perlman has compared acting to sex and said he hopes it will be “satisfying” when he performs.

The 72-year-old actor was in Saudi Arabia this week to screen his latest film at the Red Sea Festival How I got therewhen he gave an interview about his approach to his craft.

“Acting is a very intimate form of discovery,” he said diversity. “It’s something that happens in stages. First you read it to try to understand the world you are entering and your place in that world, then you give your interpretation of it.

“You’re being watched by a filmmaker who has the whole thing in his head. It’s almost like sex. You perform something and hope it is satisfying. Sometimes someone whispers, ‘Go a little to the left.’ So it’s very intimate and very, very personal.”

In Crime How I got there Perlman plays an enigmatic American mercenary. Also starring in Jeddah is Guillermo del Toros Pinocchioin which Perlman gives his voice to the Podestà, a fascist government official who turns Pinocchio into a soldier.

In conversation with The Independent Earlier this year, Perlman discussed his thoughts on anti-vaccinationists, Trump, his friendship with del Toro and why the critics of Don’t look up are “sick and twisted”.

Earlier this month, at the opening of the Red Sea International Film Festival, Oscar winner Oliver Stone pledged his support to Saudi Arabia, saying the nation is “misunderstood in today’s world”.

The festival, which runs until December 10 in Jeddah, coincides with the fifth anniversary of Saudi Arabia lifting its 35-year ban on cinemas.

The event’s executive director, Mohammed Al Turki, has promised a “zero censorship” LGBTQ+-themed festival, despite taking place in a country where homosexuality is illegal.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/ron-perlman-acting-sex-b2241993.html ‘You hope you’re satisfying’: Ron Perlman says acting is ‘almost like sex’

JOE HERNANDEZ

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