Sometimes the interweb is glorious place. I have no idea who this is but one of my good friends posted it on my Facebook page and I’ve watched it now almost 10 times in a row. It’s the last week of school and I really should be studying something interesting, but I simply can’t stop watching this guy.
I can’t find any information on him except that he has a You Tube channel, which is truly hilarious and he’s promised to make a video a day until the end of the world…in Mayan Terms.
I really hope he keeps that promise.
People ask me constantly about Viewpoints and what it is and what it means, and all I have to do now, is point them to this video. It’s almost a step by step instructional, without the annoying Suzanne Sommers commentary.
Every character is defined and means something. There aren’t two people who are the same and yet, everything he’s doing is ALL him. At no time does he pretend he’s someone else. He doesn’t ty and fool us in any way. Viewpoints isn’t about Becoming Another Person (a term I absolutely hate), it’s about releasing what’s already in you. It’s about surrendering completely to what’s happening to you and going forward into the next thing. Much less complicated, and much less bull-shitty.
Watch his Gestures and his Shapes. His hands devour the air. They scratch when he’s Hattie, they beat the floor when he’s Tomei, and when he’s Dench, they command the room…and his neck-towel. The Shapes he makes with his body are uncanny: if there was no sound whatsoever, you could tell simply by the shape of his body who he was. There’s that hilarious Linda Hunt Limp, and that brilliant Patty Duke crunch, and when he goes into Jennifer Hudson, everything happens to him. His entire being is involved.
This is an actor who is taken away to another place. He allows himself to be transported by his dreams and his imagination. He combines a technical skill with dream-like precision and it all combines to separate each and every character he portrays. This is an artist who knows how to find his joy and surrender without having to think and dissect and talk about stuff. He isn’t Acting these women, he IS these women.
And I need to meet him.