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The Actor Affectation

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | August 26, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Comment Diversions | August 26, 2010 |

This is an idea for a Seriously Random List that I can’t seem to flesh out on my own, so I put it to you good folks to come up with other possibilities. The topic is actor affectations, specifically, who originated them. I’ll offer two examples, and y’all can weigh in on other potential examples. For instance:

The Pause: Popularized by Marlon Brando, and now an everyday part of acting. It involves pausing to think in between statements or in answer to a question, often for excruciating periods of time.

The Stammer: I’m assuming this was popularized by Woody Allen, and a centerpiece for every nervous romantic lead in the history of film since Woody Allen. It involves expressing one’s vulnerability through a nervous stammer. Note: No females ever seem to have this stammer in movies.

Can you folks help add to the list? It could potentially make for a splendid little SRL.

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