After teaching a week long masterclass, Vincent D’Onofrio gave a talk on February 10, 2017. He explains the way that he teaches his classes, disclaimers of his classes and created a conversational atmosphere with the audience. While going through his own process he demonstrates the process that he uses, directly taken from Strasberg Method.
Being a character actor, he has had a lot of experience creating characters on his own, without the help of a director. Through examples of movies he has been in, he talks about how he creates the characters he plays. Although his process is a little abnormal for some directors, he has continually impressed and surprised directors with the ideas and creations he brings to the table. His creativity allowed him to breath life into all of his characters, including his role in Men in Black and The Magnificent Seven. Through research and careful character examinations, he is able to round out and solidify grounded, interesting characters.
After discussing his own process, he uses students to demonstrate some of the techniques he uses in his classes. He emphasizes using choices, potentially unrelated to the text, in order to create a desired feeling that is generated from your tummy and heart. He pulls two different students up on stage to demonstrate his process, giving them specific instructions about sensory to use while speaking a monologue. His talk is extremely educational and informative for the training actor.
Quotes from the talk:
“I still use a straight back chair to relax in, I do it on television sets, on movie sets, in my dressing room at theatres.”
“There is a technical side and an emotional side and you have to be able to do both simultaneously”
“If you don’t have the guts to put yourself out there, you’re never going to be considered a good actor”