Acting Style and Personality

“when it comes to movies, do you ever notice any correlation between actor’s personalities and their acting abilities?”

Yes, I have…sort of.

Anyone who knows me, understands well that I’m just as picky about what I watch as I am about what I read, so once I find certain actors that are really talented, I tend to watch more of them –or maybe it’s the fact that I tend to watch BBC, which recycles their actors over and over…I don’t know.

At the same time, I don’t pay too much attention to celebrity gossip, so I don’t usually know much about the actors themselves or their personalities. I just know they’re good actors. However, I have noticed that the ones who are better actors, have the ability to play a wider range of character types.

Some actors I just can’t stand, and after doing a bit of research, I’ve found that they’re usually the ones that can only play their own personality type.

Example: not to slam Emma Watson or anything, but before she went to university, her acting skills were really kind of deplorable. But realize that she was a teenage ESTJ playing an ESTJ (Hermione). Her other starting roles were just sort of…blah.

I’m not going to give any more examples of bad acting for the sake of avoiding offense. Instead, I’m going to do a series of three posts using examples of good actors. Just to be nice, I’ll even do research on their personalities (similar to the way I’ve done with authors). Do keep in mind that typing real people is quite different from typing fictional characters, so there’s a good chance that they won’t necessarily be what you expect.

Finalised examples:

Benedict Cumberbatch

Tom Hiddleston

David Tennant


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