I meant that Jim Carrey being weird off camera while filming is just what he’s like. I don’t think it’s a specific acting method, but rather him wanting to become the character he’s playing. And because he usually did comical characters, people were used to him behaving comically on set when filming comedies.
I can understand why Martin Freeman wouldn’t be impressed by it.
I think the “wanting to become the character” is the clue here. It could had been just a joke. I’m hearing the podcast and Freeman said that he hopes that was the case but apparently the footage was presented as “real” (which kind of goes with Andy Kauffman character: telling a joke as something real and just continue with it until the very extreme).
Here is the link. It’s interesting because Freeman was specifically talking about the Method cliche of losing yourself into the character and how unprofessional and ridiculous (and anti-British traditional acting) it is but the ones who mention Carrey and the documentary are the podcasters! Freeman clearly feel passionate about it but it’s not like he went there exclusively to criticize Carrey (as the headlines suggest).
They briefly mention BC. Mostly making fun of Freeman calling him Ben (they say they can’t see him like a “Ben”) and a little about his poshness when talking about The Wolseley, Freeman kindly called him a “chameleon” (00:28: 30),
Someone mentioned BC in the comments so I read them!
Poor Freeman! I think it’s kind of unfair because, again, the ones who first mentioned Carrey were the podcasters not him. Agreed with mllemass that Carrey is far from an obvious example of Method acting. It seems he tried it just once (and it seems it was catastrophic if not was just a joke in the style of the comedian he was playing…which it actually sounds like Method, too! Lol). A few people point that and question why he used him as example. The thing is the example was by the others not him! Some said that Daniel Day Lewis is a most obvious example but, some also said, there aren’t reports of him behaving like idiot on set! Probably because he is a proper Method actor and not just a bully. Jared Leto isn’t very beloved on social media and there are reports of him being “nasty” to others to keep himself in character so probably people would had taken it better if they had talked about him instead of the beloved Carrey. But again, it’s kind of unfair to Freeman because Carrey wasn’t his example and the quotes, in general, sound better on audio!
I laughed because someone said that BC is also a Method actor. I doubt that person worked with him like Keith Carradine did, tho.! More Sherlock drama!!!
I watched the documentary and I would say that there is this HUGE possibility that everything is just a big JOKE. I mean it ends with Carrey saying that he wonders what would happen if he plays Jesus and then at the very end they show him tricking Bob Zmuda saying him that Universal wanted to destroy their behind the scenes stuff. A scene it was early showed as something real.
But if the footage is indeed real then Carrey isn’t necessarily a Method actor but probably has some major mental health issues! And poor Milos Forman!
My understanding of method acting is that it seeks to encourage sincere and expressive performances through identifying with, understanding, and experiencing a character's inner motivation and emotions. It's not about "becoming a character", it's about finding some aspect of a character that resonates with you and then you can hinge your performance and build your presentation on that relatable aspect, to bring a more deeper understanding of that character when you act.
I think there's a widespread misconception about method acting that equates method actors with actors who choose to remain in character even offstage or off-camera for the duration of a project.
One can be a method actor and still abandon that character when stepping away from the role. In fact, Stanislavski experimented with "living 'in character' when off stage" but abandoned this approach early on because he found it "unsatisfactory" and Strasberg did not include it in his teachings and considered it to be "not a part of the Method approach".
From all indications BC is definitely one of the actors who doesn't bring his character home with him. In fact, he's been asked about this very thing many times, especially when he filmed A Child in Time and clearly stated that he left the character at work and did not make it part of his off duty time.
It's a tool in many actors toolbox and whose to say it isn't very useful to them.
Why equate what Carey did with The Method, when wasn't even part of Method acting? Frankly, what I think Freeman did was to perpetuate this misconception about method acting and that's a real shame when he had the opportunity to set the record straight.
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
Yes, there are a lot of miscommunications but to be fair Freeman was in a comedic podcast. He made fun of actors who do extreme things to get into their characters or stay in it (he mentions that there's nothing bad with the method if they can separate themselves from it at the moment the director says "Cut") in detriment of their co-stars and the crew and then the other guys, not him, mentioned Jim Carrey documentary.
He was "passionate" about it but the quotes undoubtedly sounds very different on paper than in the relaxed goofy context of the podcast.
It sounds like it’s the “polemic” podcast in which he “attacked” Jim Carrey and “method acting”. And yes, it was a “funny” thing but most people commenting it, including “journalists”, failed to say that, Probably because they just didn’t hear it!