Actors’ eyes light up when they see sarcasm in a script. It’s fun and it seems like this is the writer making the actor’s job easy, but it’s not.
Sarcasm can be a trap because it is more of an attitude than an intention. And contrary to what you may have been taught, sarcasm limits your work as an actor.
Sarcasm can be defined in many ways, but perhaps the simplest is how it is defined in the dictionary. Sarcasm: Noun – to mock or convey contempt.
First of all, it’s a noun and not a verb. But mocking or conveying contempt – those are verbs. Yes, but how do they connect you to the other person and make them the most important person in the scene? Go deeper. Look up conveying contempt.
According to the dictionary, contempt means: The feeling that a person is beneath consideration, worthless or deserving scorn. Excellent! Now this is valuable for an actor, as it gives you something to make the other person feel, making them the most important person in the scene.
How Can I Make The Other Person Feel Beneath Me
When you see a sarcastic line instead of thinking “I just have to be sarcastic” think: “How can I make the other person feel beneath my consideration and worthless?” This is so much more specific and interesting. It will give you something to listen for and something specific to make the other person feel or do.
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