“Open yourself to the Tao, then trust your natural responses; and everything will fall into place.” –Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu (Stephen Mitchell Translation)
“Acting technique is not about pre-shaping, pre-planning the how…If you supply the why, the how takes care of itself…When we are nervous, which is always, we tend to set ourselves into control…Giving up control is scary because you have to allow moment to moment, real impulse to occur…The goal of technique is spontaneous life.” -Howard Fine
“All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine.” – Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times At Ridgemont High
For the actor…
Don’t pre-shape. Don’t try to get “on top of” or control how you’re gonna play it.
Instead, ride the wave man. Let it take you where it takes you.
Yeah, it’s scary to not be in control. But it sure as shit is a lot more fun to play. And a lot more fun to watch.
P.S. – This scene.