Good vs Bad Acting

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Interesting post on Quora about (at least one person’s—Marcus Geduld) take on bad acting. It’s a long post, so here are a few excerpts.

1. he makes me believe he’s actually going through whatever his character is going through.

2. he has to surprise me.

3. he is vulnerable.

This part caught my eye:

There is a difference between playing an undemonstrative person and being a wooden actor. In fact, playing someone who is reserved is very difficult (because you have to act without showing very much), and the actors who pull it off are brilliant.

He then compares Tommy Lee Jones’s understated acting with that of Reneau Reeves (just which one he calls wooden?)