“If you’re hired to do a job, the director doesn’t hire you to act like that character, the director hires you to become that character. And that’s something that most people don’t understand about acting. Acting…that word is annoying because it means you’re pretending. Acting is not pretending. Acting is becoming. It’s surrendering to the spirit of whatever that character is.”
Actor Bill Duke discusses the actor’s need to let go of their insecurities and their own self-awareness and to commit themselves totally to their character, surrendering fully and completely to the moment and to the actor they are working off of.
Bill Duke is an American actor with a career that spans more than 40 years, beginning with breakthrough roles in films like American Gigolo (1980), starring Richard Gere, Commando (1985), Predator (1987), Action Jackson (1988) and cult classic, Menace II Society (1993).
Duke’s most recent work includes a recurring role as Agent Percy Odell on the CW’s superhero drama, Black Lightning.