Powerful Emotion Acting Techniques: Hollywood Star Shares Secrets of Sir Anthony Hopkins
Raz Adoti was only one of several notable panelists during our 2015 X-Perience Morementum Seminar Series, which was held in October 2015 at The Los Angeles Film School. You can HEAR more of Adoti’s filmmaking insights, career advice and how he went from the London stage to American blockbusters by watching our exclusive video highlights.
Raz Adoti’s break-out role in Steven Spielberg’s historical epic “Amistad” earned him critically-acclaimed success. That was just the tip of the iceberg, helping him continue to pave the way for a wave of Hollywood blockbusters in the years since. In this exclusive clip from MoreMentum Entertainment’s recent seminar series at The Los Angeles Film School, the London thespian also shares one of the greatest acting technique lessons. He learned while breaking through in Hollywood, and working alongside Sir Anthony Hopkins. Raz Adoti reveals how actors can create great emotions by merging their dual roles of their “real-self” with their “stage-self”.
FULL VIDEO TRANSCRIPT BELOW:
Raz Adoti: So um, I remember I had a conversation with Anthony Hopkins and he said to me, “I learn my lines in order to forget,” when I asked about acting. And I was like, okay, okay. He went on and explained it, as in you learn those lines backwards and forwards so that by the time you get on set or an audition scenario, you don’t have to think about it. When the other actor — let’s assume it’s dialogue and the other actor’s saying when they’re saying their line — you instantly will have your response. It will be in the back of your mind floating around to the point where, if someone says the other line, your line will come. Often times you can get more about your character [than] what other people say about you in the film than what you say yourself. And a lot of people lose track of that. So, for me, I just — I focus on who the character is, who I’m playing, and then from there…once I’m in that space of where I know I can be truthful about these emotions, I just tap into similar experiences I’ve had or that I’ve witnessed.
You could have heard a story earlier on that day for example that was something tragic that really upset you, maybe even brought you to tears. Guess what, if you got a scene on that day, you better bring that with you. You better bring that with you. Otherwise, you’re not being real; otherwise you’re not being true. I remember when I was in drama school and there was a particular teacher giving a lecture on this day and they said to us, “You know, look around you in this room,” as first year students, as freshmen, “the majority of you in this room will not continue in this industry,” and you know what…they were right. But even when they said that, in my head I was like, “Not me.”
And I didn’t get into it for reasons of fame. I got into it because I just loved telling stories. I got into it because I loved…you know…I felt alive when I was on stage. Yeah, you can’t let that go no matter how difficult it gets. You know, it can be feast and famine in this business. Absolutely, it can be. But the feast, makes the worth it, I’m telling you.