Why do I want to ask RA questions ?
- Because he played roles so excellently that I really would like to know how he made them plausible to himself to be able to make them work for his audience as well.
- Because the preparation for the roles he plays seems so complete that I would like to know what he makes of the roles and adds in explanations and background to make them work – for himself and for the audience.
When I during my studies, had access to cheap tickets, I nearly weekly went to the theatre to see productions. Often I could not make sense of what they wanted to tell me. With RA playing a role, it is easier to get the message and meaning, even really difficult, emotion racking ambiguity works with him.
- What is the difference here and there? What makes this work beyond the hints the script, set and artifacts give?
- Why does a scene even work, when RA does nothing more than let a smile shine through his eyes, while his face remains impassive (or rather needs to remain passive, because it is covered with prosthetics like in the Hobbit, where the smile intoxicated me so much that I forgot to be attentive for quite a while and now urgently need to see the Hobbit a third time to catch up on the scenes I missed two times)?
But this all still does not answer the question, why I especially would like to get the answers from RA.
- Because I think he is sensitive and thoughtful enough to have really interesting answers.
- Because he takes the time to think his answers through and not just does something to please the audience, but also himself and his high standards.
- Because he does not do it for the greatest marketing effect, though marketing for an actor necessarily must be part of it, but to be content with what he did.
As this is such a strong aspect for me in my life, this might be a point where I over-interpret RA’s previous interviews and his answers. Still his behavior in interviews is surprisingly different and refreshing.
My questions and analysis is far from finished and I will go deeper over the next few days of FanstRAvaganza 4.
Have a nice and enjoyable FanstRAvaganza 4 event !