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The Times obit recalls his sober assessment of film stars attempting stage roles
Last Edit: MockingbirdGirl 08:32 am EDT 06/14/21
Posted by: MockingbirdGirl 08:32 am EDT 06/14/21
In reply to: Ned Beatty has died at 83 - Teacher64 09:22 pm EDT 06/13/21

In 2003, Mr. Beatty starred as Big Daddy in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” appearing with Jason Patric and Ashley Judd. He was reprising his performance in the role of the Southern plantation owner, for which he had been nominated for an Olivier Award as part of the revival’s original London production.

Candidly assessing his co-stars, Mr. Beatty said that Broadway had come to rely too heavily on celebrities, thrusting them into challenging roles they did not have the acting chops to handle.

“In theater you want to go from here to there, you want it to be about something,” Mr. Beatty said. “Stage actors learn how to do that. Film actors often don’t even think about it. They do what the director wants them to do, and they never inform their performance with — call it what you wish — through-line, objective.”
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