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Old 06-23-2014, 01:10 AM
 
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I can't do it; I've tried. I know about method acting, but many actors haven't attended film schools and can still cry on command.

I saw a rough cut/behind the scenes of "The Shining," and Francis Ford Coppola really laid into Shelley Duvall at one point, and she cried (not for the cameras, just in the background).

Can you do it, and does anyone know how actors drum up the tears in certain scenes? Anyone in the business, or have friends who work behind the scenes, etc.?
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Old 06-23-2014, 01:19 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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They tell the actor's they are cutting their wages and that would make anyone cry.
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Sudcaroland
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Onions.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Hawaii/Alabama
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I can cry on command (could ever since I was a little child); I just concentrate; many think of something that makes them truly sad. For those who cannot cry on command a little glycerin in the corner of the eyes works like a charm.
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Old 06-23-2014, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Local Group, Virgo SC
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I can't do it; I've tried. I know about method acting, but many actors haven't attended film schools and can still cry on command.

I saw a rough cut/behind the scenes of "The Shining," and Francis Ford Coppola really laid into Shelley Duvall at one point, and she cried (not for the cameras, just in the background).

Can you do it, and does anyone know how actors drum up the tears in certain scenes? Anyone in the business, or have friends who work behind the scenes, etc.?
It was Stanley Kubrick not Coppola.

I think a lot of actors can't make themselves cry and glycerin is used to make their eyes water and they just act out the sobbing/weeping.

From what I've heard, the actors that can do it on command think of something very sad, scary, traumatizing etc. usually while immersing themselves into the experience of their character.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:39 PM
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Location: "Arlen" Texas
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It involves tweezers. Just ask Joey on Friends. lol
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:41 PM
 
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A director once asked Joan Crawford if she could cry during a scene and she said "Which eye?"
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Old 06-23-2014, 09:50 PM
 
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It was Stanley Kubrick not Coppola.
Thank you for pointing that out. I despise my own stupidity!

There are certain scenes that go on for a long time, and it's one shot, and suddenly the person's eyes will well up in real tears. I suppose it's a skill like any other.
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:30 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Wasn't it Jackie Cooper who was made to cry as a child when the director lied and told him he'd shoot his dog?

Some actors can't cry period. Steve McQueen was up for the lead in Close Encounters... but reportedly told Spielberg that he couldn't cry on cue. He was out, and Dreyfuss was in.

LOL, I always thought McQueen was more of a man than wussy Dreyfuss, anyway!
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:40 PM
 
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Vicks VapoRub. You put a little on your finger and when you touch it to your eye, instant tears. Actors have been doing it for decades.
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