History EnforcedMethodActing / LiveActionTV

30th Nov '16 1:08:06 PM pinkdalek
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** In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "School Reunion", Sarah Jane and Rose laughing at the Doctor is actually because Creator/DavidTennant [[FaceDoodling scribbled on his own face]] and didn't tell Billie Piper or Elisabeth Sladen.
** In "Partners in Crime" Donna's mime scene was written in the script with only the words/phrases Donna was trying to convey, forcing Catherine Tate to make up the gestures on the spot.
** In "Silence In The Library", new character River Song is introduced. Creator/DavidTennant's confusion during his scenes with her is absolutely genuine, because Creator/StevenMoffat refused to tell anyone where he was going with the character.
** In "The Time of Angels" [[CrazyAwesome Matt Smith really bit Karen Gillan's hand]] during every take just so he could get a proper reaction.
** Happened to Peter Davison all over his final story ("The Caves of Androzani"), so much so that he joked in the commentary that he thought that they were trying to ''actually'' kill him off. The Doctor's reaction to getting backhanded by Sharaz Jek is completely genuine; the actor playing Sharaz Jek couldn't see well out of his mask, missed his mark and couldn't see Davison because of the restrictions of the mask and ''actually'' backhanded him. The part where the Doctor throws himself away from the explosion in the sand is because the sfx guy set off the explosion too soon and shot sand into Davison's eyes.

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** In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "School Reunion", Sarah Jane and Rose laughing at the Doctor is actually because Creator/DavidTennant [[FaceDoodling scribbled on his own face]] and didn't tell Billie Piper or Elisabeth Sladen.
** In "Partners in Crime" Donna's mime scene was written in the script with only the words/phrases Donna was trying to convey, forcing Catherine Tate to make up the gestures on the spot.
** In "Silence In
The Library", new character River Song is introduced. Creator/DavidTennant's confusion during his scenes with her is absolutely genuine, because Creator/StevenMoffat refused to tell anyone where he was going with the character.
** In "The Time of Angels" [[CrazyAwesome Matt Smith really bit Karen Gillan's hand]] during every take just so he could get a proper reaction.
** Happened to Peter Davison all over his final story ("The Caves of Androzani"), so much so that he joked in the commentary that he thought that they were trying to ''actually'' kill him off. The
First Doctor's reaction to getting backhanded increasingly irascible and contemptuous demeanour was [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007x9vc/clips said by Sharaz Jek is completely genuine; Peter Purves]], who played the actor playing Sharaz Jek couldn't see well out companion Steven towards the end of his mask, missed his mark and couldn't see Davison because William Hartnell's tenure as the Doctor, to be partially a result of the restrictions of memory problems that Hartnell was experiencing. His inability to remember his lines and the mask extra time and ''actually'' backhanded him. The part where effort required to get them right would make him flustered, exhausted and annoyed with himself, which made him play the Doctor throws himself away from the explosion in the sand is because the sfx guy set off the explosion too soon character with a sense of InferioritySuperiorityComplex, weary-old-man pathos and shot sand into Davison's eyes. pent-up frustration. Purves said he found it fascinating.
*** Similarly, in many later scenes, you can see Hartnell's eyes flicking about in deep thought as he concentrates really hard on remembering his lines - which again works, as his character is an ImpossibleGenius with a lot of mysteries and secrets, and it makes him appear to be constantly calculating his next moves.



*** At one point, Spandrell has to read aloud a disturbing letter that the Doctor has written for him. In rehearsals, he used a note written in English and thus had not bothered to learn the lines. When it came time to shoot the scene, the director and set designer switched it for a note written in Gallifreyan without telling the actor. The second Spandrell opens the note, he goes visibly pale and sweat springs from his forehead, and stumbles over his words as he struggles to remember them - the appropriate shocked reaction.

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*** At one point, Spandrell has to read aloud a disturbing letter that the Doctor has written for him. In rehearsals, he used a note written in English and thus had not bothered to learn the lines. When it came time to shoot the scene, the director and set designer switched it for a note written in Gallifreyan "Gallifreyan" without telling the actor. The second Spandrell opens the note, he goes visibly pale and sweat springs from his forehead, and stumbles over his words as he struggles to remember them - the appropriate shocked reaction.



** The First Doctor's increasingly irascible and contemptuous demeanour was [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007x9vc/clips said by Peter Purves]], who played the companion Steven towards the end of William Hartnell's tenure as the Doctor, to be partially a result of the memory problems that Hartnell was experiencing. His inability to remember his lines and the extra time and effort required to get them right would make him flustered, exhausted and annoyed with himself, which made him play the character with a sense of InferioritySuperiorityComplex, weary-old-man pathos and pent-up frustration. Purves said he found it fascinating.
*** Similarly, in many later scenes, you can see Hartnell's eyes flicking about in deep thought as he concentrates really hard on remembering his lines - which again works, as his character is an ImpossibleGenius with a lot of mysteries and secrets, and it makes him appear to be constantly calculating his next moves.


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** Happened to Peter Davison all over his final story ("The Caves of Androzani"), so much so that he joked in the commentary that he thought that they were trying to ''actually'' kill him off. The Doctor's reaction to getting backhanded by Sharaz Jek is completely genuine; the actor playing Sharaz Jek couldn't see well out of his mask, missed his mark and couldn't see Davison because of the restrictions of the mask and ''actually'' backhanded him. The part where the Doctor throws himself away from the explosion in the sand is because the sfx guy set off the explosion too soon and shot sand into Davison's eyes.
** In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "School Reunion", Sarah Jane and Rose laughing at the Doctor is actually because Creator/DavidTennant [[FaceDoodling scribbled on his own face]] and didn't tell Billie Piper or Elisabeth Sladen.
** In "Partners in Crime" Donna's mime scene was written in the script with only the words/phrases Donna was trying to convey, forcing Catherine Tate to make up the gestures on the spot.
** In "Silence In The Library", new character River Song is introduced. Creator/DavidTennant's confusion during his scenes with her is absolutely genuine, because Creator/StevenMoffat refused to tell anyone where he was going with the character.
** In "The Time of Angels" [[CrazyAwesome Matt Smith really bit Karen Gillan's hand]] during every take just so he could get a proper reaction.
14th Nov '16 2:54:49 PM twilicorn
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** Before then, there was a scene where Big Bird had to accept that Snuffy wasn't real, and they both started to cry over it until Big Bird realized that his feathers were wet from Snuffy's tears, so he had to be real. After filming the scene, Carroll Spinney and Jerry Nelson removed their masks to reveal that they were ''actually'' crying.
29th Aug '16 3:39:51 PM FordPrefect
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** Creator/CoryMonteith and Creator/DiannaAgron were not allowed to watch rehearsals for "Lean On Me'; the reactions that we see during the performance were the actors' reactions on seeing it for the first time.

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** Creator/CoryMonteith and Creator/DiannaAgron were not allowed to watch rehearsals for "Lean On Me'; Me"; the reactions that we see during the performance were the actors' reactions on seeing it for the first time.
24th Jul '16 3:35:35 PM nombretomado
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* ''TheBradyBunch'': In the episode "Bobby's Hero," where Bobby took up outlaw Jesse James as a role model, the episode ends with a dream sequence where Jesse James shows up and shoots Bobby's entire family (even ''Alice''!) to death (in an extremely silly-looking way, of course). To counteract the silly action, Lloyd Schwartz took actor Mike Lookinland alone to a closed set and began to describe to him how the scene would look in graphic, horrid detail, using Lookinland's real-life family as an example. The looks of terror you see in Bobby's eyes are from Schwartz screaming at him about how his real-life parents and siblings (even his ''pets''!) were screaming in pain, suffering, bleeding, and dying. Schwartz, in his memoir about the series, says he and his father, Sherwood, were proud of how the episode came off as a non-preachy "anti-gun" episode.

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* ''TheBradyBunch'': ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': In the episode "Bobby's Hero," where Bobby took up outlaw Jesse James as a role model, the episode ends with a dream sequence where Jesse James shows up and shoots Bobby's entire family (even ''Alice''!) to death (in an extremely silly-looking way, of course). To counteract the silly action, Lloyd Schwartz took actor Mike Lookinland alone to a closed set and began to describe to him how the scene would look in graphic, horrid detail, using Lookinland's real-life family as an example. The looks of terror you see in Bobby's eyes are from Schwartz screaming at him about how his real-life parents and siblings (even his ''pets''!) were screaming in pain, suffering, bleeding, and dying. Schwartz, in his memoir about the series, says he and his father, Sherwood, were proud of how the episode came off as a non-preachy "anti-gun" episode.
7th Jul '16 7:48:58 AM dmcreif
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* The scene in ''Series/BreakingBad'' where Walt comes into the kitchen after shaving his head was actually the first time Anna Gunn and RJ Mitte had seen Bryan Cranston with his shaved head; Gunn had specifically avoided meeting with him until then to help her reaction.
** Creator/BryanCranston made sure the writers didn't tell him whether or not Walter White had [[spoiler:poisoned Brock]]. Because of this, when Jesse accuses him of doing it and is holding a gun to his head, his defense of himself sounds completely honest, [[spoiler:highlighting how effective of a liar he can be]].

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* The scene in ''Series/BreakingBad'' where *''Series/BreakingBad'':
**When
Walt comes into the kitchen after shaving his head head, that was actually the first time Anna Gunn and RJ Mitte had seen Bryan Cranston Creator/BryanCranston with his shaved head; Gunn had specifically avoided meeting with him until then to help her reaction.
** Creator/BryanCranston Cranston did it again in season 4. He made sure the writers didn't tell him whether or not Walter White Walt had [[spoiler:poisoned Brock]]. Because of this, when Jesse accuses him of doing it and is while holding a gun to his head, his Walt at gunpoint, Walt's defense of himself sounds completely honest, [[spoiler:highlighting how effective of a liar he can be]].
14th May '16 11:11:12 PM nombretomado
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* In ''MadMen'' Season 3 episode titled "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency" when [[spoiler: Mr. Ford's foot is run over by the lawnmower]] blood is sprayed into the face of several onlookers. The director told them they would be sprayed on the count of 3, but instead went on 2. The shocked looks on their faces is a real reaction.

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* In ''MadMen'' ''Series/MadMen'' Season 3 episode titled "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency" when [[spoiler: Mr. Ford's foot is run over by the lawnmower]] blood is sprayed into the face of several onlookers. The director told them they would be sprayed on the count of 3, but instead went on 2. The shocked looks on their faces is a real reaction.
22nd Mar '16 3:08:32 PM DrRomoray
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* Early in his television career, Creator/EdwardJamesOlmos would ad-lib and insist on playing a scene more naturalistic ally--which TV actors '''hate''', because it takes control away from them in a scene. This outraged his co-stars, but the tension on set meant that he got his desired result anyway. Mind you, Olmos did this in his very ''first'' television role, before he had any clout.

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* Early in his television career, Creator/EdwardJamesOlmos would ad-lib and insist on playing a scene his scenes more naturalistic ally--which naturalistically--which TV actors '''hate''', because it takes control away from them in a scene. This outraged his co-stars, but the tension on set meant that he got his desired result anyway. Mind you, Olmos did this in his very ''first'' television role, before he had any clout.
22nd Mar '16 3:07:50 PM DrRomoray
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* Early in his television career, Creator/EdwardJamesOlmos would ad-lib and insist on playing a scene more naturalistic ally--which TV actors '''hate''', because it takes control away from them in a scene. This outraged his co-stars, but the tension on set meant that he got his desired result anyway. Mind you, Olmos did this in his very ''first'' television role, before he had any clout.
** Olmos was given a tape of ''Series/MiamiVice'' before taking on the role of Lt. Castillo. He noticed how Crockett and Tubbs would smirk and trade looks when they were grilling suspects. Olmos came prepared. In addition to requesting a plain black suit and tie (which clashed wildly with the designer suits on display), he would face the wall when consulting with his detectives. When the camera cut to a reaction shot, Crockett and Tubbs weren't smiling--they were uneasy, confused. "They could not dismiss me."
19th Mar '16 3:30:46 PM lakingsif
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* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Naya Rivera did in fact slap [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idtfSUFpjHo Cory Monteith in the face]] as part of a scene of Santana being upset with Finn. It was not scripted.
** Cory Monteith and Dianna Agron were not allowed to watch rehearsals for "Lean On Me'; the reactions that we see during the performance were the actors' reactions on seeing it for the first time.
** [[CloudCuckooLander Brittany's]] famous non-sequiturs were originally improvised by Heather Morris. Other characters' confused expressions were real.

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* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Naya Rivera Creator/NayaRivera did in fact slap [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idtfSUFpjHo Cory Monteith in the face]] as part of a scene of Santana being upset with Finn. It was not scripted.
** Cory Monteith Creator/CoryMonteith and Dianna Agron Creator/DiannaAgron were not allowed to watch rehearsals for "Lean On Me'; the reactions that we see during the performance were the actors' reactions on seeing it for the first time.
** [[CloudCuckooLander Brittany's]] famous non-sequiturs were originally improvised by Heather Morris.Creator/HeatherMorris. Other characters' confused expressions were real.
9th Mar '16 1:57:18 PM Hossmeister
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* The scripts for ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'' are just outlines directing the flow of the conversation, and the actors are only allowed to read their own scenes. According to Creator/LarryDavid, Richard Lewis's knowledge of his scenes is even more restricted than this, because once David heard him use a line that he knew Lewis had planned.

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* The scripts for ''CurbYourEnthusiasm'' ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' are just outlines directing the flow of the conversation, and the actors are only allowed to read their own scenes. According to Creator/LarryDavid, Richard Lewis's knowledge of his scenes is even more restricted than this, because once David heard him use a line that he knew Lewis had planned.
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