Their actors got harder and harder, creating an awkward prospect for Humphrey Bogart

Founded in the 1940s by future film director Elia Kazan and Broadway producer Cheryl Crawford, Actors’ Studio brought acting techniques from Europe to America. It allowed American actors to learn the teachings of Konstantin Stanislavski of the Moscow Art Theater.

In America, that became what we now call the Action Method (which evolved into the kind of Action Method mocked here by Jon Bernthal). The “method”, based on task, circumstance, and action, required focus from its adherents, and they were rewarded with visceral performances. It’s no surprise that the school has made instant movie stars for its members, like Rod Stieger and Marlon Brando.

Meanwhile, Humphrey Bogart needed some time in Hollywood before finding any appreciation. His lisp and mocking attitude earned him a reputation as a gangster, and Warner Bros. get his attention immediately. Even after more than a decade of playing the hero, It wasn’t until 1952 that he won the Academy Award for Best Actorplayed the rough charmer Charlie Allnut in Katharine Hepburn’s warm but assertive old fashioned romantic comedy, “The Queen of Africa”.

His main competitor that year was Brando, who lit up the screen as Stanley Kowalski in Kazan’s “A Streetcar Named Desire”, demonstrating the power of Method acting in giving audiences a dance sympathize. Bogart may have won that particular contest, but he lost the fight with the “scratches and mumbles” gang. And then he had to make a movie with them. Their actors got harder and harder, creating an awkward prospect for Humphrey Bogart

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