In the film The Green Mile, Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, and David Morse played main characters. All of these actors used Realism style acting. I believe the actors were using realism style acting because you could not tell that they were trying to act. The tone of neither their voices, nor their movements seemed to be exaggerated. All of the motions and dialogue of the actors was what one would expect given the scenario. On the other hand, the actors made the audience believe that they were really going through the situations in the film. It imperative that realism acting was used, this helped to show the seriousness of the film, and get the message across as to what was going on, and the affect it had on the characters. For instance the scene where the prison guards took Michael Clarke Duncan’s character to the electric chair, this was a very somber moment and you could see the sadness on the prison guard’s face. This was a very realistic scene, as the prison guards had become friendly and even attached to the prisoner, and did not want him to die. If a stylized approach was used the film would have just been odd. It would have not held the gravity that this film is known for.
The actor I would like to focus on is Tom Hanks. To say Mr. Hanks is a versatile actor is an understatement, he has starred in various films, such as: Saving Private Ryan, Forrest Gump, Big, and I could go on, but would eventually run out of time. His roles have been comical, dramatic, and heroic. In the movie Big Tom Hanks used stylized acting it was apparent that he was acting. The mood of the film was very light hearted, and the goal was just for the audience to have fun.
I do not believe that he would ever be in a predicament that he would be typed casted or stuck in one category. I believe that Mr. Hanks would be classified as an auteur actor; I think at this point in his career he is the one that selects the script and the director.
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Cohen, H. (2012, September 1). The Green Mile: Appreciating the humanity of All men. Retrieved from http://www.jewishtribune.ca/arts-and-culture/2012/09/19/the-green-mile-appreciating-the-humanity-of-all-men