Stanislavski birthed it, Lee Strasberg molded it, and a clutch of singularly deranged, passionate, obsessive, divine (pick one) actors honed it. As an amalgamation of techniques used by actors to deliver their roles as truthfully as possible, Method Acting has proven to be the invaluable common denominator to many of cinema’s greatest moments. Here, LTP lists some of its favorite moments of an actor taking a role and running with it.
Adrien Brody in The Pianist
After deciding to lose 30 kilos along with practicing the piano for four hours a day, (hey, why stop there) Brody decided to embody the feeling of ‘lost-ness’ that his character Wladyslaw Szpilman experiences during the holocaust. “I gave up my apartment, I sold my car, I disconnected the phones, and I left,” Brody told the BBC. “I took two bags and my keyboard and moved to Europe.” His girlfriend, predictably, left him. In 2003 however it all was worth it when Brody won an Oscar.