Sunday, April 02, 2017

Real People, Not Actors

Just saw the slogan, "Real People, Not Actors" on a commercial, from which we can clearly deduce that all humans are either Real People or Actors, but not both.  So are you a Real Person?  Or an Actor?  And what are your distinctive characteristics which put you in one category or the other?  This is to help me figure out which category I should put myself in.


Inklings said...

Maybe some of us just act like real people? :)

Looney said...

So we are just actors who are pretending to be real people? ;)

Rummuser said...

Out, out, brief candle. Life is nothing more than an illusion. It's like a poor actor who struts and worries for his hour on the stage and then is never heard from again. Life is a story told by an idiot, full of noise and emotional disturbance but devoid of meaning.

Macbeth: Act 5, Scene 5

The Bard calle all of us actors some centuries ago!

Looney said...

Hmmm. That sounds plausible, but The Bard worked in a Theater, so maybe he had a skewed viewpoint? I must also note that the word for actor in classical Greek is "hypocrite".

Ursula said...

My dear Looney, I thought only Kant, Hegel and Wittgenstein complicate things which are simple.

It's an interesting question (not that I am competitive but why didn't I think of this one myself?). I don't think it matters whether you are a real person or an actor. That's on the assumption that we do NOT equate acting with deception. And, let's not forget that we all play many "roles" in life.

Also do spare a thought for "method" actors, like, I don't know, de Niro or Pacino or, heaven forbid, Anthony Hopkins. It's an approach I find fascinating, and eerie at the same time, trying to get into someone's head in order to impersonate them. And maybe that is where the clue lies: Impersonation. By definition we can't impersonate ourselves.

Leaving all the above aside, and in answer to your question: I think you the genuine article. Should I be proven wrong, and you ARE acting, then I congratulate you on a most convincing performance.


Max Coutinho said...

Hi Looney,

The term "real people" is debatable; and we are all actors (with no exceptions).
I am not going to squander time with the eternal question "what is real?" but I will say that most people are selective in their "realness" and many by profession have to select which person is real at specific periods of time. It's complex.

In either case, I am not much bothered by it.


Looney said...

@U, I am feeling guilty for not sending a response, or perhaps I am only acting like I am feeling guilty. The plane has landed and I am away from the distractions, so time to ponder what you wrote. It had me pondering whether or not there is a difference between acting and parody. But I very pleased that you have found my acting convincing.

Looney said...

@Max, I do believe that acting is something we are encouraged to do from when we are young. "Why can't you act like you are supposed to? Stop teasing your little brother!" At some point the acting becomes our real nature.

Max Coutinho said...

Indeed, Looney, indeed.