Sunday, April 18, 2010
That changed in 1993, Mr. Hodge said, when the director David Leveaux cast him as the bodyguard Foster in Pinter’s “No Man’s Land,” in which Pinter himself starred as the alcoholic intellectual, Hirst.
“Harold and I became great friends, and the truth is he became a second father to me,” said Mr. Hodge, who went on to act in or direct the Pinter plays “Moonlight,” “Betrayal” and “The Caretaker.”
“He was someone I could talk to and confide in very easily,” Mr. Hodge added. “And I felt I was very like him. I just didn’t have his genius.”
Look what he has to say about how he has come to understand acting:
“For a time I really thought acting was just impersonating,” he recalled. “But impersonation is just big brush strokes, really. What makes acting different is empathy.”
I couldn't have said it better myself.
I mention it because it's totally unacceptable, and because I wrote about the film The Believer the other day, about a Jewish Neo-Nazi.