A Film Talent Worth Honoring

Josh Scism 3/18/19

Option 1:

I think Don Knotts is one of the greatest actors of all time. I particularly love him as Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show. He will always Barney Fife in my eyes because he really brought that character to life for me and made him seem like someone who could have actually existed in real life instead of just on a Hollywood set. He is a great example of natural acting in this role especially. However this isn’t the only example of a TV show or film he is great in. He also does an amazing job in “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken“.

Retroland.com, www.retroland.com/the-ghost-and-mr-chicken/.

In everything I’ve seen him in he has been a “naturalistic” actor, I think this is the best type of role for him to play because of his ability to bring a role to life. He has a unique ability to make the characters he plays extremely believable.

One of the things that makes him such an amazing actor in my eyes is his facial expressions and physical acting. He uses physical actions and his face to express what he’s feeling, whether it’s fear, surprise, or anguish. He makes it very easy to tell exactly what he’s feeling. However he is never repetitive with his actions. He finds a way to make his expressions different every time.

“Barney Fife.” Heroes Wiki, hero.fandom.com/wiki/Barney_Fife.

Some of the things he does seem very exaggerated but it’s never a problem because it fits his character perfectly. It’s always believable that his character would react in the way they do because they are over the top in almost every aspect.

Another thing that makes him such a great actor is his reactions to what the other actors are saying or doing even if he is not the main focus of the shot. He is always involved in what is going on and never seems out of place in a scene. He is also very natural in front of the camera. Everything he does seems natural and plan, and none of his actions and reactions seem forced.

“Don Knotts (as Barney Fife) and Jim Nabors (as Gomer Pyle) – Publicity Photo for The Andy Griffith Show – 1964 – History Tribute Encyclopedia.” Tribupedia, tribupedia.com/2017-celebrity-deaths/don-knotts-as-barney-fife-and-jim-nabors-as-gomer-pyle-publicity-photo-for-the-andy-griffith-show-1964/.

I have never felt like I guessed his reactions to things happening in films or shows he is an actor in. I think this is one of the best things about him as an actor, especially because of how much he uses physical acting. He always keeps the audience guessing with different reactions but the emotions are always still very easy to understand.

One thought on “A Film Talent Worth Honoring

  1. Josh, Good exploration of the “natural” approach to acting. You mentioned his “over the top” performances at times and how that felt real with the character. Do you think that those performances would venture into “non-naturalistic” based on the chapter explanation?


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