What Actor Inspired You the Most?

December 15, 2011

Can you remember the first actor who inspired you to become an actor? Were you watching TV, a feature film in a velvet dark theatre, or maybe it was a play? Was it an old black and white film or a CGI masterpiece? There is that exquisite moment in any artist’s life when his or her passion is awakened, and from that point on, the pursuit of that passion is their raison d’etre! Twilight’s Robert Pattinson gushes with childlike enthusiasm when he recalls seeing One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for the first time. “I wanted to be Jack Nicholson. I did everything like him, I acted like him, I dressed like him, I even tried to emulate his accent.” Marlon Brando, in turn, inspired Jack Nicholson; Nicholson has been quoted as saying, “Actors don’t normally discuss who the best actor in the world is, because it’s obvious – Brando is the best.” As much as he was The GodfatherBrando, in turn, had his own inspirations, naming Fredric March as one them.


With all the talk of being connected through social networking and by Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, we have a growing awareness of just how connected we truly are. Add to this list how an actor’s performance can reach us on such a deep level–enough to make us cry, even enough to change our path in life. Charlize Theron has admitted to being jealous of Daryl Hannah after seeing the movie Splash, and developed a crush on Tom Hanks. She said to herself that she could have played the role of Madison better than Hannah. Great great actors were once just humble fans trying to imagine themselves up on the big screen.



So, the next time you’re sitting in the theatre, the lights dim, and you’re taken by a brilliant actor’s performance, remember, there may come a time when someone you’ll never know is inspired by your performance! But the only way that will happen is–you guessed it–work, work, work, audition, audition, audition!





Seth Rogen: “I remember when I got my first Adam Sandler CD and it was the funniest thing I’d ever heard in my entire life, and continues to be.”





Twilight’s Ashley Greene adores Audrey Hepburn and, as a result, one of her all-time favorite movies is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.





Comedian John Belushi loved Lucille Ball, was a fan of hers and knew every detail of her life and career.

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