Crowe's D-I-Y tip to acting

Russell Crowe.
Russell Crowe.

CANNES • Russell Crowe, star of Shane Black's The Nice Guys at the Cannes Film Festival, has simple advice for aspiring actors: Do it yourself.

Asked if he used the Stanislavski method to prepare for a role, the New Zealand-born actor smiled and replied: "I use the Russell Crowe method. I've never been to drama school.

"I studied classical text for about three weeks, but I've been acting since I was six. Over time, you get more efficient at getting to the centre of the character you are portraying."

The method developed by Konstantin Stanislavski requires an actor to use his past experiences to fully enter a role. Stanislavski's ideas were the basis of Lee Strasberg's "method" school, which actors such as Johnny Depp still use.

"I don't know what the Stanislavski method may be. I have no f***ing idea and I don't care to know," Crowe told a news conference.

"You just trashed 100 years of tradition," Black said with a laugh.

"F*** it," Crowe replied. "Seriously, it's not that complicated. If you want to be an actor, work it out yourselves. I actually like the old (Laurence) Olivier quote, 'Learn your dialogue and don't bump into the furniture.'"

The moderator corrected him: "It's Spencer Tracy."

The Nice Guys, which also stars Ryan Gosling, is showing out of competition at the 12-day festival.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 17, 2016, with the headline 'Crowe's D-I-Y tip to acting'. Print Edition | Subscribe