“You are one small part of it, even if your part happens to be huge,” said actor Jim Parsons. At a multi-actor interview, four television and film stars spoke with The Hollywood Reporter over the weekend at Sundance.
Jim Parsons from The Big Bang Theory was there to represent his new film, A Kid Like Jake. Next to him on stage, John Cho (Harold & Kumar), Taissa Farmiga (The Bling Ring), and Joel McHale (Community) spoke about the acting process.
Essentially, the four actors had various opinions on acting styles, working with directors, and independent filmmaking.
Jim Parsons Discusses Choosing A Script
First of all, the foursome spoke about choosing a screenplay. At this point in their careers (Farmiga is newer to the scene, but her sister Vera Farmiga is well-known), they’re offered roles, but they still have auditions as well.
They all agreed that if you either (a.) fly through a script, or (b.) finish the script at all, it’s a good sign you’ll enjoy the project. But you also have found a believable character to play.
In addition to finding a good script, they discussed the oddity that exists within auditioning for a role.
Auditions, Artistic Frustrations, And Expectations
Despite their level of fame, auditions are inevitable. Someone like Robert Downey Jr. still had to audition for the first Iron Man film, but he hasn’t auditioned since. But he had already been in about 30 other films at this point.
John Cho mentioned the fact that auditioning isn’t really like acting. When acting, you’re feeding off the other person and adapting to the environment. With auditioning, you’ve got your own mentality, but the circumstances are different.
Jim Parsons added, “Everything about the process is frustrating, artistically speaking.” An audition is basically a monologue or dialogue with another person who isn’t looking at you, in front of four people with limited reactions.
For example, when Will Ferrell auditioned for Saturday Night Live, he rolled around on the floor acting like a cat. The only other people in the room were the sound guy and a camera guy. It’s quite different with a live audience, but that’s the process.
In the end, they all love their jobs and feel grateful for the work.
What did you think of this interview with The Hollywood Reporter? Do you think Jim Parsons is a real life-version of Sheldon Cooper (read here)?