Week 4 Blog: Acting and Acting Styles

Frank Morgan who played several characters in “The Wizard of Oz” including, Professor Marvel, The Wizard of Oz, The Doorkeeper at Emerald City, the carriage driver, and the guard.  With his wide range or portraying different characters, would classify him as a character actor.  Although he played several characters in this film, Frank effortlessly adapted to each of the characters he played and played them well.  His career began in 1914, on Broadway, and 1916, his first role in a silent film as an actor in “The Suspect”.  It was these beginnings that helped mold his acting style

Judy Garland, who plays the main character Dorothy Gale, is classified as a method type of actor.  She uses her passion and excitement to bring her characters to life on screen.  As a result, she makes a more believable character in the film and, for this reason, makes the movie more relatable to viewers.  An example is when there is a shift from black and white films to Technicolor, in the “Dorothy Entering Technicolor” scene make it feel more believable.  Another example is the transition in the “There’s No Place like Home” Scene, is dramatic for the audience.  Judy Garland’s acting style makes the scenes more believable to the audience by showing her emotions to the viewer.

Bert Lahr plays the role of the Cowardly Lion, and he plays as the farmworker, Zeke.  I categorized Lahrs as being a character actor.  “Able to fit invisibly into a wider variation of disparate characters, adjusting to the needs of each script and director they work with is known as character actors” (Goodykoonts & Jacobs, 2014).  Lahr played as a comedian and a vaudevillian actor.  He was able to play the role of several different types of characters.

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