“In a well-written script, what people say to each other – the dialogue – is what a character’s willing to reveal, willing to share with another person. The 90% he or she ISN’T willing to share is what I do for a living.”
The late Martin Landau explains how great acting is not always based on what is said by the actor, but rather, what is not said and what is not revealed. As Landau put it, “ How a character hides his feelings tells us who he is.”
“Acting is NOT showing.” (Martin Landau)
The late Martin Landau (June 2, 1928 – July 15, 2017) was an American actor, known for his award-winning roles on both television and in film. He was also an acting coach at the Actor’s Studio.
His film career included early roles in movies like Cleopatra (1963) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). His later work would include Oscar-nominated and Oscar-winning performances in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) and Ed Wood (1994) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989). Landeau also found success on television, with appearances on television series like Mission: Impossible and North by Northeast.
Martin Landau passed away on July 15, 2017 at the age of 89