‘Stranger Things’ Star David Harbour Says Method Acting Is Complete Nonsense

You’ve probably heard a lot about method acting in recent years. It’s been around for decades, but here recently, some actors have been speaking out against it.

Mads Mikkelsen spoke out against it in an interview back in April, saying:

It’s bullshit. But preparation, you can take into insanity. What if it’s a shit film — what do you think you achieved? Am I impressed that you didn’t drop character? You should have dropped it from the beginning!

And just recently, ‘Stranger Things’ star David Harbour spoke with GQ Magazine and basically said the same thing. He admitted that when he was younger, he subscribed to the whole method acting mythology.

When I was younger — it’s so embarrassing — but I remember playing that famous Scottish King. And being like, ‘I’m gonna kill a cat’ or something: ‘I’m gonna go murder something to know what it feels like to murder.’ I didn’t actually do it, obviously. Not only is that [method acting] stuff silly, it’s dangerous, and it actually doesn’t produce good work.

When GQ responded, by citing Daniel Day-Lewis, who proudly talks about his method acting, Harbour shot back with this:

He’s an extraordinary actor who I’m captivated and fascinated by. [But] when he explains his process it sounds like nonsense to me.

Certainly seems like this “method acting” technique is on its way out. No longer can people get away with being an asshole on set simply because they’re playing a character who is an asshole…we’re looking at you, Jim Carrey!

Anthony Mackie And David Harbour Set To Star In Family Adventure Film ‘We Have A Ghost’

David Harbour is used to working in the family-friendly space. He’s played the lovable Jim Hopper on the Netflix series ‘Stranger Things‘ for years now. And while that show primarily deals with lab-created monsters, Harbour is preparing to deal with another type of monster.

He’s set to star in the upcoming family adventure film, We Have A Ghost. Joining him will be Anthony Mackie, Tig Notaro, Jennifer Coolidge and Jahi Di’Allo Winston.

Christopher Landon will write/direct the film for Netflix. He previously worked on Happy Death Day and Freaky.

The film centers on Kevin, who finds a ghost named Ernest haunting his new home. Kevin subsequently becomes an overnight social media sensation, along with his family. But when he and Ernest go rogue to investigate the mystery of the latter’s past, they become targets of the CIA.

Sounds like a fun little premise. The script is reportedly based on a short story written by Geoff Manaugh, so congrats to him. Getting a feature film made out of your short story. That’s not a bad life.

The report makes it sound like Landon is still working on the script, so filming probably won’t begin until later this year, which means you’re probably looking at a release date in mid-to-late 2022.

But of course, we’ll keep you posted.

Liam Neeson takes on Kidnappers again in ‘A Walk Among Tombstones’ (Official Trailer & Poster)

A Walk Among The Tombstones

Liam Neeson and kidnappers; that sounds as good as peanut butter and jelly. The two go together well and so far always makes for a great movie. A Walk Among Tombstones sees Neeson playing an ex cop turn unlicensed private eye who helps a drug trafficker after a ransom deal has gone bad. If that sounds like it can be a series of novels, it’s because it is. The character Matt Scudder is from Lawrence Block’s best selling series of mystery novels that this movie is adapted from.

Neeson takes on the role as a scruffy, down on his luck average Joe like a pro and in typical Neeson fashion his character, turns out to be a bad ass.  Neeson is getting paid to be Neeson.

The screenplay is written by Scott frank who has a crazy resume: The Wolverine, Marley & Me, Minority Report, Get Shorty and Out of Sight to mention a few. If this movie is half as good as the novels then it should be great.  Oliver Stone took a stab with Jeff Bridges as Matt Scudder back in 1986’s 8 Million Ways to Die and it was awful.  From the looks of the trailer, it looks like Hollywood got it right this time.

Watch the official trailer below.

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