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Quote of the Day: Profiler

Posted in FILM, Theatre with tags , , , , , on January 19, 2008 by dcairns

‘Like Stanislavsky and Brecht, I’ve invented an entirely new method of acting, I call it the enantiodromic approach. The theory of enantiodromia is that the left and right sides of your face represent different personalities. If you’re clever with mirrors you’ll see what I mean. My right side, for instance, is that of an inept housewife and the left side — or “facet” as we call it — is that of a spanking squire!’ ~ Ken Campbell, Pigspurt.


But NO! Because, THIS, from Lionel Atwill:

‘See, one side of my face is gentle and kind, incapable of anything but love of my fellow man.


‘The other profile is cruel and predatory and evil, incapable of anything but lusts and dark passions. It all depends which side of my face is turned towards you — or the camera.’

Wait, I'm confused, is this his GOOD side?

Ken Campbell is a genius and antic visionary, but seeing as Atwill died in 1946, I’m pretty sure he came up with this concept first.

I’ve also heard that the artists of the late lamented Jim Henson’s late lamented Creature Workshop always sculpted their monsters a little lopsided, so that you’d get a better variety of expression when they moved their face motors than you do with, say, Tom Cruise. (Thanks to Comrade K for pointing out the connection between Scientology and animatronics).