Five ways to ensure the Kamal Haasan-Rekha ‘Punnagai Mannan’ incident never happens again

Posted on February 26, 2020


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While improvisation in acting — doing things in the heat of the moment — is important, it cannot come at the cost of consent.

Spoilers ahead…

There’s a tense restaurant scene in Kramer vs. Kramer between Ted and Joanna, the characters played by Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. This is the arc of the latter part of the scene. Ted wants to rattle Joanna, who walked out on the family unit but now wants her son back. He knows her as a meek woman, so he decides to get all caveman on her. He explodes. Being a student of the Method, Hoffman cared about performance — not just his, but also his coactor’s — to an insane degree, so this is what he did, as reported in a 2016 Vanity Fair article by Michael Schulman.

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