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Re: Actors v Scholars
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1079  Wednesday, 4 June 2003

From:           Jay Feldman <
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Date:           Tuesday, 3 Jun 2003 17:39:07 EDT
Subject: 14.1026 Re: Actors v Scholars
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.1026 Re: Actors v Scholars

Ed Taft asks:

>Without doubt. But what I don't understand is: How can an actor
>play the part of a character who is MORE intelligent than the actor
>him- or herself?

I regularly act more intelligent than I am and my friends consistently
act as if they believe it. Their ability to convince me of my acting
skill assures me of their superior intelligence, hence we are friends.
None of us are professional actors nor do we rely on a prepared scripts,
our interaction seems to come naturally. It is only on rare occasions,
after a few too many beers for example, that the truth may slip free,
but we rationalize that the alcohol has made us stupid.

Jay Feldman

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