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Monday, 28 February, 2011

Actors Doing Their Thing
(with comments)

Photos by Howard Schatz.

Photographer Howard Schatz had an idea: place actors in a series of roles and dramatic situations to reveal the essence of their characters. Such was the premise behind his book, In Character: Actors Acting, which captures some of Hollywood’s most emotive stars in the act of, well, making faces.

For example, Greg Kinnear:

Left: You’re a rookie cop whose sergeant is telling you that the boy you just killed was holding a cell phone, not a gun. Center: You’re a city kid using a telescope to spy on people in other buildings—and catching your math teacher in bed with your guidance counselor. Right: You’re a presidential candidate at an epic meet-and-greet fund-raiser, holding that smile in place as you work the endless rope line.


And Peggy, from Mad Men:

Left: You’re the secretary of state, suspicious of your Russian counterpart’s jolly assurance that his country will gladly commit 50,000 troops to the U.S. effort in Afghanistan. Center: You’re an Academy Award nominee, keenly aware that a camera is trained on you, at the precise moment when you hear that the Oscar has been won by someone else. Right: You’re a Peace Corps volunteer fresh from Yale, stepping out of a Land Rover at a refugee camp and witnessing starvation and abject poverty for the first time.


You'll find 28 more where those came from.

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  1. By meg_mac. Comment posted 28-Feb-2011 @08:40am:
    I've loved Greg Kinnear ever since his Talk Soup days.
  2. By Tryce. Comment posted 28-Feb-2011 @09:13am:
    Kinnear is more impressive, he did a better job of conveying the differences without even changing costumes.
  3. By J-Walk. Comment posted 28-Feb-2011 @09:35am:
    That's because Peggy's a Scientologist. They tend to require more costume changes because of Xenu.
  4. By Paul. Comment posted 28-Feb-2011 @10:18am:
    I think the Oscar loser expression is the most 'real', probably because it's a facial expression that actors actually have to practice.
  5. By Cooper Green. Comment posted 28-Feb-2011 @09:31pm:
    Now there are 29 more. Schatz is on fire!
  6. By txhoudini. Comment posted 01-Mar-2011 @02:46pm:
    They have one of these in Vanity Fair every month. It's the stupidest part of Vanity Fair... and that's saying something.
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