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David Lynch


"Actors ask a lot of questions. But they're strange, because they seem to understand things - abstract things - pretty easily. They can buy into an abstraction without too much trouble. In the beginning we rehearsed certain scenes because somehow those scenes - in our minds - defined the characters in some way. Once they got those scenes, the rest fell into place. But then there's always some scene that needs more explaining than others."

"Somewhere in talking and rehearsing, there is a magical moment where actors catch a current, they're on the right road. If they really catch it, then whatever they do from then on is correct and it all comes out of them from that point on."

"Well, at first with an actor you start one place and you talk, you rehearse, you talk, you rehearse and little by little you're coming closer to that place where you're united with the original ideas, that same doorway, and then you're rolling"

"I let the actors work out their ideas before shooting, then tell them what attitudes I want. If a scene isn't honest, it stands out like a sore thumb."

"Actors get pigeonholed and type-cast, and they all probably have nights when they say, 'Hey, why am I playing these things when I've got so much more to give?' You can see what people are capable of doing which may not be what they've been doing."

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