JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 339 :: blissful bit parts

9 Dec

Today’s bliss…bit parts.

I recently heard an NPR interview with Harvey Keitel regarding his upcoming film “Youth”. Here’s the excerpt that held my attention: 

SIMON: Your character has a line toward the end of the film. I won’t give away the circumstances. But the line’s been running around in my head for the past 24 hours. Your character tells Michael Caine’s character, I believe, we’re all extras.

KEITEL: I’m going to go to Stanislavski to help me with this answer, the great discoverer of the method, who said there were no small parts, only small actors. So an extra could be a misleading term. And my advice to any actor who’s playing, quote, unquote, “extra” to think of it more like Stanislavski did. It’s not a small part. You are the lead in the movie, in your own movie.

SIMON: Your own movie meaning your life?

KEITEL: That’s what I mean.
And it has me thinking. About life, parts, roles, and leading. Which leads me to bliss. Part of being blissful I’m learning is freedom. Part of bliss is being present. And part, I believe, is letting go of the ego, the one small part of me that tells stories and believes what other people say. Their review of your movie.

So, I’ll quote Dabbs Greer, a bit actor, who said, “Every character actor, in their own little sphere, is the lead.” It reminds me that we are all the lead in our life, and leaders of our own bliss.

And that is no small part.

More tomorrow. 

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