Actors on Actors

“Watching Cate Blanchett play Robert Zimmerman in ‘I’m Not There’ is startling not because the notion is so far afield, but because of how natural and effortless it is. I was staggered by it. Blanchett as Bob Dylan sitting behind that enormous table in London being interviewed by the press, you can feel him thinking, toying with them, aware of his power, half resenting it, knowing that everything he says is going to be read into, analyzed ad nauseam. His boredom and his anxiety isn’t played, it’s felt. We see how gutsy and vulnerable and brilliant he is. And you forget you’re watching a performance, except, of course, that Dylan is performing for the press in a way, which makes it all the more interesting. And then at a certain point you remember, this isn’t Dylan.”

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