"An actor is an actor is an actor. The less personality an actor has off stage the better. A blank canvas on which to draw the characters he plays"
- Arthur Lowe
About this Quote
This quote by Arthur Lowe suggests that an actor should not bring their own character to the stage. Instead, they must be a blank canvas, permitting them to take on the characters they are playing. Lowe thinks that the less character a star has off phase, the better they will be able to depict the characters they are playing. He is suggesting that an actor should not be restricted by their own personality, however must have the ability to take on any character they are given. Lowe is stressing the value of an actor's ability to transform into different characters, which this change needs to be done without any presumptions of the character. He is suggesting that an actor ought to be able to take on any role, no matter their own personality, which this is the key to effective acting.
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