Actors and Generals

I’ve always enjoyed Ben Kingsley’s work; I will enjoy it even more after hearing him talk about his craft on Charlie Rose, comparing the skill of acting to the skill of being a general in the military. As Kingsley explains, “there’s a discipline, a training, a code of practice that’s invisible to the public eye… we have to make decisions between ‘action’ and ‘cut’ in microseconds.”  In other words, it’s a high-speed neural circuit, built and maintained through deep practice. (Though those other words would sound a lot cooler in Kingsley’s accent.)