His first article was so ‘chuffing brilliant’ (Daily Mail) that I’d have been a fool not to invite him back. This time, Gary Lucy’s arse gets the once over. But in an intelligent way, that makes a point. Gary Lucy’s arse is just there to get your attention.
A man in his 30s descends the stairs of his flat, carrying three bags. Three different sized bags, three differing functions. One medium-sized sports bag, containing regulation human man clothes- a few jumpers, two pairs of jeans, two shirts which would pass as “smart casual” if he ever bothered to iron the fucking things, two t-shirts. A pair of boxers. Almost enough for a week on the road. A going away bag.
I have been acting in theatre and television and film for the past 45 years, and I enjoy the different demands of those media. My question is, does it have to be, or should it be as different? In film and tv the preparation is supreme. The rigorous detail and time given to script development, setting, location, storyboarding, props, continuity, costume, editing, lighting – production values in general – is exemplary. Of course every one of those departments would say it is never enough, but in comparison to the preparation for performance, for what is actually taking place on screen, in front of millions, possibly for eternity, it is a luxury.
To the actors who read this, I implore you to adhere to the philosophy of this fine website and have a moment of honesty. How many times have you considered doing ‘that’ in your career? Yes, you know what I’m getting at – THAT! When was the last time you considered, and whisper it if you must, quitting acting? Perhaps you declared your intentions in a moment of frustration after that tampon commercial never materialised. Or maybe it was a slow burn – that niggling feeling that there must be more to life than trawling through The Stage once a week and screaming at your agent. You just know there has been some terrible mix-up at the ‘life factory’ and that you’ve been dealt a lousy hand unbecoming of your talent.
The Anonymous Actor returns …
The first of the guest posts is offered anonymously by someone who declined to be interviewed when I asked a few months back, but who remains a keen supporter and promoter of the podcast. If you think that doesn’t add up, read on.