Sandra has been my ultimate acting partner in my career — and I’ve been fortunate to work with many great actors — but Sandra is at the top of that list as a co-acting partner, and she’ll remain at the top of my list for a long time to come.
Oh cited Mckidd — whom she called the “greatest acting partner you could ever ask for" — for creating a place where she didn’t feel as if she were acting but instead what Stanivslaski called a “state of being”. “You are not acting, you are in a state of being and you actually are the character,” she says. “To actually get to the point in my career where you can experience that was the highlight of my career”.
every day they want you to shrink:
fit here, in my palm, in my shadow, don’t be bigger than my idea of you, don’t be more beautiful than i can accept, don’t be more human than i am willing to allow you to be and be quiet, you’re too loud, even your unbelonging is loud. quiet your dreams, your voice, your hair, quiet your skin, quiet your displacement, quiet your longing, your colour, quiet your walk, your eyes. who said you could look at me like that? who said you could exist without permission? why are you even here? why aren’t you shrinking? i think of you often. you vibrate. you walk into a room and the temperature changes. i lean in and almost recognise you as human. but, no. we can’t have that.”
SCENE CLINIC: THE WIRE, “CHAIR RECOGNIZES…” This is a scene from the first episode of the third season of HBO’s The Wire, and if you need an explainer on that in the first place, my condolences.
My purpose here is merely to point out how brilliantly this scene highlights Robert McKee’s theory of “charge” within a scene. It starts out with Stringer Bell, interim head of the drug crew seated in front of him, extolling the virtues of organization and a higher-level of criminal intelligence, while the crew continues to push for a run-and-gun offense against rival dealers. Stringer has the positive charge, the crew the negative.
Now, watch how effortlessly Poot—always masterfully played by the much-unsung Tray Chaney—flips McKee’s concept into action.
It’s worth reading the excoriating 11-point press release from the Malawi president to its would-be saviour in full, says Elliot Ross.
it really, really is. perfection.