The following is an excerpt from a recent Backstage Experts article by New Collective LA’s Greg Braun. See the original article here:
You’re reading over the sides for your next audition when you suddenly realize that your character is a mass murder, criminal, cult leader, drug dealer, or terrorist. What now?! How do you move beyond the judgment and resistance that comes up and find a way to connect to with the character?
Without making a real connection, you risk the danger of playing to an idea, coming off as a cartoon, or feeling like a liar. As you approach your craft, here are four things to keep in mind that will help you move past your judgments of a character.