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Word of Actor
An actor portraying a character's canon about that character
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(permanent link) added: 2013-03-17 20:50:11 sponsor: MrWhim (last reply: 2013-03-21 14:07:50)

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A statement made about an aspect, personality trait, or note of history about a character, the Word of Actor comes from an actor responsible for portraying that character.

When an actor is...well, acting, they tend to make choices that informs that character- patterns of speech, physical and verbal tics, etc, that can sometimes be traced to aspects of that character's history. Sometimes, these aspects are canonical. Other times, they're decisions the actor has made about the character to relate and make the character more fleshed-out.

Even in cases where these decisions contradict canon, or possibly even Word of God, it can be seen as Word of Actor. These can be referenced particularly for Fanon theories, as the actor's choices can be both subtle and obvious in their performance.


Film - Live Action
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ramona Flowers' actress in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has said that the author of the Scott Pilgrim comic revealed secret details to the actors to influence their portrayal. Winstead revealed that Ramona had a younger brother who passed, and that she wears a shoelace of his as a necklace to remember him.
  • George Clooney has said in interviews that he played his Batman as gay.
  • Michael Caine talked in an interview about the elaborate backstory he created for Alfred -- he was an SAS officer gravely injured in battle, who couldn't return to the field after recuperating, so he hung out serving coffee and sandwiches at the Officer's Mess -- and one of the officers was Thomas Wayne. He told this to Christopher Nolan, who said he wished he'd written it.
  • Johnny Depp on Jack Sparrow in a Vanity Fair interview
    • “Upper-echelon Disney-ites, going, What’s wrong with him? Is he, you know, like some kind of weird simpleton? Is he drunk? By the way, is he gay?… And so I actually told this woman who was the Disney-ite… ‘But didn’t you know that all my characters are gay?’ Which really made her nervous.”
  • Robert Pattinson on Edward Cullen
    • "When you read the book, it’s like, ‘Edward Cullen was so beautiful I creamed myself.’ I mean, every line is liked that. He’s the most ridiculous person who’s so amazing at everything. I think a lot of actors tried to play that aspect. I just couldn’t do that. And the more I read the script, the more I hated this guy, so that’s how I played him, as a manic-depressive who hates himself. Plus, he’s a 108 year-old virgin so he’s obviously got some issues there."
    • "When you put the bare facts out, he tells her, 'I killed 40 or 50 people and I want to kill you so much. Every single day, every moment I’m with you, I desperately want to kill you.' And she’s like, 'I don’t care, I love you!' There’s definitely something wrong with her, and there’s very obviously something wrong with me."

Live Television
  • The cast of Stargate SG-1 has at times spoken about what they think was going on between the scenes and time-skips in the series finale, "Unending". In particular, Amanda Tapping and Christopher Judge said they played their interactions to imply Carter and Teal'c had developed a relationship, and either Claudia Black or Michael Shanks said the reason Vala's crying in one scene is because she miscarried.

Western Animation
  • Nathan Lane and Ernie Sabella, voices of Timon and Pumbaa of The Lion King, had an interview with the New York Times in which Lane said "Timon is a feisty little cheerful fellow. He and Pumbaa seem to have a very nice arrangement -- though I couldn't say what the extent of their relationship is."
    • Though Sabella goes on to say "I know what Nathan says about them -- these are the first homosexual Disney characters ever to come to the screen. You can call Timon a gay character."

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