Mickey Rourke and his Dad

Posted on 18 December 2019

Here’s an interesting story.

When method actor, Mickey Rourke, was starting out he was having problems with a monologue he was doing to get into acting school.

In the monologue, he had to speak to his father in the play, but he found it very difficult.

You see, Mickey’s father in real life left the home when he was six and he hadn’t spoken to him since.

The acting teacher he was working with suggested that he find his real father and reconnect.

He did. He found him at a small diner. He bought Mickey dinner and sat for hours talking to his son as he downed 22 screwdrivers. He then gave him $50 and that was the last time he saw him.

Mickey a few days later auditioned and got in. In fact, the panel that day agreed it was one of the best auditions they have ever seen.

The approach the acting teacher took here is called personalisation. It’s when you get in touch with something similar in your life, so you can relate to something similar in the character’s life.

It can be a powerful tool within the method acting arsenal, which is, let’s face it, vast.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. You need to know all this in intricate detail if you want to be as great as the method boys and girls.

All part of the Timoney Method taught on my Ultimate Acting Programme.

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Brian Timoney