Film & TV
Lesson time 21:51 min
Sam analyzes the students’ choices of power positions when playing Danny and how movement and stillness can each convey power in a different way. He shows how posture works on each side of the phone as each character is pushed to their limits.
Topics include: Student Session: Using Your Voice and Your Body
All right, action. - Sabian? - Danny, it-- it-- it's Farley. - I told you. I don't want to talk to anybody but Chris Sabian. - Um, yeah, he's coming. He's gonna be here soon. We just-- we just need more time. - But you don't have more time, Farley. - OK, just, um, Danny, what are you-- what are you doing? This is really serious. - This is serious. So why don't you take me seriously? - We are. We are taking you seriously. We just-- I-- I just want to talk to you, OK, Danny? - Wait. Wait, wait, wait. Wait. You-- you think you can talk me down? - I have to. What do you want, Danny? - You want a shot? OK, I'll give you a shot. [CLEARING THROAT] I got a little time before Sabian gets here. Oh, boy, what do I want? Um, how about let's see? Can I see a priest? - No, you can't see a priest, Danny. - Ah, see, that's good, Farley. That's good. You shouldn't let me see a priest. Shouldn't let me see a priest. Priest is associated with death, and you do not want me thinking about death. But you told me no, Farley. You can't say no. Never say no in a hostage situation. - OK, why don't we just-- let's just relax a little bit, OK? - I am relaxed. Line. BOTH: Here's some advice. - Here's some advice. Never say no to a hostage taker, OK? It's in the manual. All right, you gonna tell me no again? - No, I'm not. - Wrong answer. Shut up. Hey, never say no, don't, won't, or can't. OK, that eliminates options. That only option leaves is to shoot someone. Understand? - Yes. - Yes, good. Yes is good. Now you tell me no again, and I'm gonna shoot someone. Let's practice. Can I see a priest? - Danny, we're just trying to talk. I'm trying to talk to you. - You want to talk? I'm talking. Can I see a priest? - I'd have to look into that, Danny. - Good, good, good, good, good, Farley. You're learning. You're learning. Now I would love a submachine gun to blow everyone away. - I'll see what I can do, Danny. - That's good. That's good. Good job, Farley. You ever cheat on your wife? - No. - Ooh, whoa, whoa, whoa, watch yourself. I'll kill someone. You ever cheat on your wife? - I-- - Answer! - I-- I-- I would have to see. I would look at it, and I'll see what I can do. I'd have to think about that. - You ever dress up like a schoolgirl and get your ass spanked? - Danny, we're just trying to-- I'm trying to talk to you right now. - I am talking. Did you, or did you not, dress up like a schoolgirl and get your ass spanked? - I'd have to look into that. - Mm, nothing against dressing up like a schoolgirl, but I did not know that about you, Farley. - This is really, really unproductive. - Unproductive? Yeah, yeah, it is. So why don't you tell me a joke, Farley? You know a joke? No? You just cost someone their life, Farley. Game over. SAMUEL L. JACKSON: Good, good. Action. - Sab...
As a kid, Samuel L. Jackson stuttered so badly that he stopped talking for almost a year. Today he’s one of the world’s most successful actors, with roles in over 100 films, including Pulp Fiction and The Avengers. In his online acting class, the Oscar-nominated star shares how he creates memorable characters, powerful performances, and a long-lasting career. Learn to master auditions, analyze scripts, and find the truth in every role you play.
Loved the class... could have even had more chapters :p
This class was incredible. I loved the components. I loved this class. It has given me a lot to work with and work on and I know I can reference the study guide and video when ever I need to.
I loved this masterclass, there is nothing like hearing all the right things from someone you look up to. When you hear or see the things you have been doing right or wrong, then have an explanation about what could work better, it resinates with you. It feels amazing. I have more confident knowing that a successful and practiced actor has taught me what he knows.
Gave me ideas on what to look for when auditioning actors. Sam is a great teacher and actor.