“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.” – Jean Anouilh
Woodstock: 50 Years Later
Music festivals have become so common in today’s technological/music-based world, that one could conceivably go to a festival every single weekend if they had the funds to swing it.
And that’s great because music is a powerful, connective force that (arguably) is one of the few things that can bring people of various walks of life together.
From the annual Jazz Fest in New Orleans to Lollapalooza in Chicago to Ultra In Miami – finding musical talents that span all musical and artistic genres in one arena is far from unattainable.
And yet, as commonplace as music festivals have become, it could be argued that the original Woodstock of ’69 is still by far the most iconic and famous. Thats probably primarily due to it being one of the first, major musical collaborations of such magnitude and talent on American Soil.
Well, hold onto your bell bottoms and water pipes, kids, because it looks as though a 50-year reunion Woodstock is in the works and, while the lineup may not include Hendrix or CCR or Janis Joplin, it’s bound to be legendary in its own right.
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It certainly is not uncommon or unheard of for actors to throw themselves so fervently into a role that they in many ways BECOME the character they are portraying.
It’s an extreme example of method acting and certainly has value.
Actors like Christian Bale in The Machinist or Charlize Theron in Monster are just a few examples of actors and actresses that took their roles so serious, the transformations were awe-inspiring at best and distributing at worst.
It’s even been argued that Heath Ledger’s suicide was (in part) catalyzed by his commitment to adopting the dark mindset of the joker – a character he played eerily-well in 2008’s The Dark Knight.
A recent interview with the New York Times might have caught a glimpse into a similar, methodological-acting strategy by Rami Malek – a talent whose breakthrough role in the recent Bohemian Rhapsody is sure to skyrocket him into fame and well-deserved praise.
While Malek’s role as the iconic Freddy Mercury is very likely to earn him an Oscar, his uncanny ability to take on Mercury’s character both on and off set raises the question of how healthy method acting actually is and at what cost does it come at?
If this NYT interview with Remy Malek is a glimpse into the psychological aftermath, perhaps we need to revisit such strategies, even if at the risk of losing great art.
Ashley Graham Isn’t So Fearless
Model Ashley Graham sat down with Ellen to talk about her inspiring new ellentube digital series “Fearless,” fangirling in front of Jennifer Lopez, and even got a scare from her idol, “J.Lo.”