Another piss poor performance from the deluded Lego Wig wearing Arthur Kadyshes.
I was so amazingly happy to be back in Mike Lemon’s class last night, I could hardly keep from jumping out of my seat, and getting in front of the camera, and yelling “I Love Acting”, and knowing that I was going in with new ammunition to display for the most respected casting director in Philly an then getting his feedback was like an orgasm for me all day. I had been working on the Wedding Crashers monologue all week, practicing in front of the mirror, making all the adjustments Sharon and I had worked on, working out like crazy, tanning, and mentally and physically preparing for my first principal role next month, so I was ready to come in, and get the big thumbs up and responses from the class like, “Wow, he really has taken the next step as an actor, and he’s ready to be a star in a movie or TV show”. I was ready to debut all the hard work and craft study I had done all summer, and get my applause like playing a star role of Hamlet in a Shakespearean play, and so many fans around the world have stopped what they are doing to tell me how great I was doing.
Film acting is so different from acting on stage (I am an amazing theater talent because of how animated and alive I am at all times) because it’s all about being natural and relaxed, where people see a monologue and want it animated and excited, but Mike forces you to pull it back, and strip it down to where it’s purely conversational, and almost hidden. One of my favorite actors is Gary Oldman, and if you watch is performances (Like in The Dark Knight), he is so quiet and so reserved that there is no wasted effort, no extra energy and he disappears on camera to the point where you forget it’s him. I had gotten used to that feeling in Mike’s last class, and was getting good reviews from the progress I had been making for Sharon which is why I was so confident heading into this one. When I finally got in front of the camera, I said “Fuck it”, and “I don’t care”, and then let loose. The adrenaline was flowing, and it felt great to let it rip. But then Mike told me, “I need half of that”, and then again, and then again, and then he finally asked me to put the camera away from taping (He sensed that I was trying too hard to give a performance rather than just being Arthur Kade because I knew all my fans would be watching and I wanted to impress with my close to Oscar ready talent) and we finally got to the performance he was waiting for by the 5th or 6th take. Film acting is all about “Pulling It Back” because then it doesn’t look like you’re trying hard, and it’s natural and believable. He told me, “I like this monologue for you”, and on the last take he said, “That might have been your best work in class yet” (That was the coolest and most reassuring thing I have heard because to have a casting director who has cast movies like 12 Monkeys, Sixth Sense, In Her Shoes, and Unbreakable, and who has been watching my progress from the start of “The Journey” say that, was just so amazing because all the hard work is paying off). Sometimes it takes many takes for a director to get what they want (Mike used an example of how Mike Bay said that Ben Affleck always gave him what he wanted by the 5th take), and sometimes people don’t realize unless you are an actor like me, or on a set how many times they retake a scene to get what they want, and then edit it 600 ways from Sunday.
The only problem is that now I have to figure out if I deliver the quieter “Film acting” version of the monologue, or the animated, “Sharon version” when I get in front of the top casting people in “The Biz” in that star workshop in NYC in less than 2 weeks (I look at that as the opportunity of a lifetime because I will be in front of “A List” casters and need to kill it “Kade Style”). I am a bit confused, but will talk to Sharon during my coaching session today to see where I need to be, but this is why I have some great teachers to work with.
I have my Radio Interview with hit station Island 106 in Panama City, FL, in an hour (Helps keep my celeb profile high), and then Sharon (Both speech and acting today), will attempt to get my hair colored blond today if I have time, then modeling in the Rittenhouse Fall gathering (Expecting 500 people), and then either heading out in Philly or up to celeb parties in NYC. That’s an Arthur Kade day (Starring in 5 activities and doing the impossible) which is why I am Arthur Kade, and everyone else is “Gen Pop”.
“Admit when you’re not the best, and then figure out how to become the best, and if that doesn’t work, then sabotage the best, and replace the best”….Arthur Kade….09/10/09