Life Imitates Art Imitates Life
Hi everyone! Finally found some time to blog! Hope you enjoy!
Something I try to stay aware of in my acting is what I can learn from the parts I play. Some of the stories I’ve been involved with have proven to have valuable lessons for me. This is especially true with projects that are based on true events. Real life history offers a significant chance to glean something from what others have gone through. Acting can offer a unique perspective in this area because you not only have the facts that history provides but it is your job to delve into the emotional realities—to try to find out why people did what they did. As an actor, you can never be sure that your choice for the character’s motivations are historically true, but it does offer the chance for you to really put yourself in their shoes. And in the end what better perspective to learn from than that?
The Hatfields and McCoys offered just this opportunity for me. Historically based on the most famous blood feud in American history, it is the story of two men, returning home from the Civil War, whose friendship turned to such unbridled hatred and murder that it almost lead to a second civil war.
For me, the story of the Hatfields and the McCoys provides a very clear look at something I think we all understand first-hand: the importance of forgiveness. We have all been hurt, we have all been the subject of lies, and we have all placed trust in people that turned out to be unworthy of it. Misunderstandings and deep hurts are a part of life. But this project reminded me that the most important thing is not the cause of the hurt; it is rather one’s reaction to it.