Are Method Actors Worth The Trouble?

Method acting is arguably America’s greatest contribution to the world of film. But these days, many method actors seem hesitant even to admit to using the techinique, which involves the complete immersion of oneself in the character. In fact, the term “method actor” seems to have become synonymous with “difficult prima donna.” And that’s a shame, says Geoff Pevere: “As derided as the method has historically been as the refuge of spoiled, unwashed and overindulged millionaire bohemians, it stood for something which has now apparently been pronounced dead: The presumption that there was more to a performance — and to the movie that contained it — than what appeared on-screen.”