×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell on Function of Acting: We’re Here to Entertain, Not for Awards

Should an actor take on roles that function as personally therapeutic and enriching experiences, or act solely to entertain the masses?

In a one-on-one interview for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant contemplated this question, and discussed the ways in which a thesp should go about choosing a role. Grant, who recently starred alongside Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” posed alternatives to Farrell about what truly motivates an actor.

“Do you think acting is a kind of goal in itself, almost a quasi-religious experience, and it’s like therapy and you’re trying to please your fellow actors, or do you think it’s just a tool for entertaining people?” he asks.

Colin explained that although the actor and the audience experience different emotions through the film, these two experiences can balance each other out.

“I think all of the above,” Farrell explained. “I think it can be quite often a different thing for the actor than it is for the audience, but I think if there’s an experiential symbiosis between what the actor’s experiencing in their own lives and internally, and what the audience is experiencing in purveying the work that the actor presents, I think that’s a state of grace.”

Grant then posed a potential scenario.

“If you had two scripts on your desk, and one was almost certain to be a big smash hit because people would really be entertained by it, but the part’s kind of 8 out of 10, then you have one where, you know no one’s gonna see this outside the San Sebastian Film Festival, but the part is 10 out of 10, which do you choose?”

Farrell, who recently starred in the science-fiction drama “The Lobster,” explained that often times the characters in lower-budget films are able to display richer internal struggles than those in more expensive ones.

The interview will air on Variety’s “Actors on Actors,” presented by The Venetian Las Vegas, on PBS SoCal, which debuts its fifth season on Jan. 3.

More Film

  • American Film Institute Hires Susan Ruskin

    Susan Ruskin Appointed AFI Conservatory Dean

    The American Film Institute has named producer and educator Susan Ruskin as dean of the AFI Conservatory, where she will lead AFI’s graduate film-training program. Ruskin, who will also carry the title of executive VP, will report directly to Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO, the organization announced Tuesday. She replaces producer Richard Gladstein, who left [...]

  • shanghai skyline China Placeholder

    Shanghai: Er Dong Pictures Adds to Web of Hollywood and Chinese Deals

    Chinese production and talent company Er Dong Pictures shed some light on its latest film investment slate and growing web of relationships in Asia and Hollywood. The company, which is in the process of establishing a joint venture with Hollywood talent firm The Gersh Agency, and has a 12-film co-funding deal with Starlight Culture Entertainment, [...]

  • Tony Hale Forky Toy Story 4

    'Toy Story 4': Tony Hale on the Joys of Voicing a Plastic Spork Named Forky

    The lastest plastic hero to join the “Toy Story” franchise is Forky, a disposable spork who has some serious qualms about being a toy. He comes to life in “Toy Story 4” alongside Woody and Buzz Lightyear, who teach him that he’s much more than trash. Tony Hale, the actor best known to audiences as [...]

  • And Then We Danced

    Swedish Outfit French Quarter Steps Into TV With Graphic Novel Adaptation

    Swedish production company French Quarter, the outfit behind Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry “And Then We Danced,” is venturing into TV with a web series adapted from Henrik Bromander’s graphic novel “Kurs I självutplåning” (“Course in self-annihilation”). The comedy series has been commissioned by the Swedish broadcaster SVT, as first reported by Nordic Film & TV [...]

  • Mindy Kaling (L) and Director Nisha

    Women Directors and Writers Make Gains in Independent Films But Lag on Parity

    Women directors, writers, editors and producers are making inroads, reaching historic highs in the world of independent films — while still lagging in reaching parity with men, a new study shows. The latest Indie Women study, released Tuesday, found that women achieved record-setting levels as directors (33% in 2018-19, up from 29% in 2017-18), writers [...]

  • David Shin

    Disney Shuffles Management in Hong Kong, Australia

    Disney has reshuffled its management in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australasia following the March completion of its 21st Century Fox takeover. In Hong Kong and New Zealand, Fox executives have been elevated. In Australia and New Zealand, Disney’s management is staying on. David Shin has been appointed VP and GM of The Walt Disney Company [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content