Professional liars

Writers of fiction are liars. They’re paid for saying entertaining things which are not true. They are at their best when the reader doesn’t need to work for the suspension of disbelief.

Writers, however, are small potatoes compared to actors (of both theater and movie variety), who are full-body liars. Their vocation, noble, necessary and beautiful, consists of acting with every fiber of their being in ways which are lies: when their faces contort or their voices rise, they are doing something which is a lie, and they are noble, necessary and beautiful for doing such a difficult thing so well we rarely even notice.

This perspective should make your testicles/ovaries shrivel up the next time you consider how often it’s a professional actor that makes a “heartfelt plea” or acts as a spokesperson for this deserving cause or that.

Just a thought.

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