Mean Girls Film Tina Fey – Ms. Norburry Method acting style Analysis


Select an actor from either the Actor’s Studio or the Neighborhood Playhouse listed below and describe the characteristics of the method acting style as evidenced in one particular scene in a film from the lists on the module or of your own choosing. You may refer to elements identified in Lee Strasberg’s Paradox of the Actor on the module (200 words).
Neighborhood Playhouse Actors: Sanford Meisner, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Tina Fey, Wil Wheaton, Sandra Bullock, David Duchovny, James Franco, Naomi Watts, Alec Baldwin, Sidney Lumet, Arthur Miller, David MametActor’s Studio Actors: Lee Strasberg, Paul Newman, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke, Judd Nelson, James Dean, Robert DeNiro, Christian Bale, Marlon Brando, Sissy Spacek

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Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark (James Dean) is supposed to
have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While
searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato (Sal
Mineo), and falls for local girl Judy (Natalie Wood). However, Judy is the girlfriend of
neighborhood tough, Buzz (Corey Allen). When Buzz violently confronts Jim and
challenges him to a drag race, the new kid’s real troubles begin
As Good as it Gets (1997)
Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is an obsessive-compulsive writer of romantic fiction
who’s rude to everyone he meets, including his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear), but
when he has to look after Simon’s dog, he begins to soften and, if still not completely
over his problems, finds he can conduct a relationship with the only waitress (Helen
Hunt) at the local diner who’ll serve him.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Five high school students from different walks of life endure a Saturday detention under
a power-hungry principal (Paul Gleason). The disparate group includes rebel John
(Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), outcast Allison (Ally Sheedy), brainy
Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) and Andrew (Emilio Estevez), the jock. Each has a chance
to tell his or her story, making the others see them a little differently — and when the day
ends, they question whether school will ever be the same.
A Place in the Sun (1951)
In this classic version of Theodore Dreiser’s novel “An American Tragedy,” George
Eastman (Montgomery Clift), the nephew of a wealthy industrialist, is excluded from
high society and given a blue-collar job at his uncle’s factory. While ascending the ranks
of the company, George becomes romantically involved with co-worker Alice Tripp
(Shelley Winters). However, when he is introduced to socialite Angela Vickers
(Elizabeth Taylor), he quickly falls for her, leading to a tragic love triangle. Clift was one
of the first actors to be invited to study with Lee Strasberg and Elia Kazan at the Actors
Studio. He was one of the original method actors to go from the New York stage to
Hollywood. Clift kept up such intensity as George, he would find himself drenched in
sweat at the end of a scene. He told Taylor that “that’s the worst part about acting…your
body doesn’t know you’re acting. It sweats and makes adrenalin just as though your
emotions were real.”
The Wrestler (2008)
Aging wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Mickey Rourke) is long past his prime but
still ready and rarin’ to go on the pro-wrestling circuit. After a particularly brutal beating,
however, Randy hangs up his tights, pursues a serious relationship with a long-in-thetooth stripper (Marisa Tomei), and tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Evan
Rachel Wood). But he can’t resist the lure of the ring and readies himself for a
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
The compelling sequel to “The Godfather,” contrasting the life of Corleone father and
son. Traces the problems of Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in 1958 and that of a young
immigrant Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) in 1917’s Hell’s Kitchen. Michael survives
many misfortunes and Vito is introduced to a life of crime.
Batman (1989)
*please note that if you choose this film you will not be
able to earn a grade higher than 89%
Having witnessed his parents’ brutal murder as a child, millionaire philanthropist Bruce
Wayne (Michael Keaton) fights crime in Gotham City disguised as Batman, a costumed
hero who strikes fear into the hearts of villains. But when a deformed madman who calls
himself “The Joker” (Jack Nicholson) seizes control of Gotham’s criminal underworld,
Batman must face his most ruthless nemesis ever while protecting both his identity and
his love interest, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger).
A Few Good Men (1992)
Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a military lawyer defending two U.S. Marines charged
with killing a fellow Marine at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. Although
Kaffee is known for seeking plea bargains, a fellow lawyer, Lt. Cdr. JoAnne Galloway
(Demi Moore), convinces him that the accused marines were most likely carrying out an
order from a commanding officer. Kaffee takes a risk by calling Col. Nathan R. Jessep
(Jack Nicholson) to the stand in an effort to uncover the conspiracy.

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