Acting is the work of an actor or actress, which is a person in theatre, television, film, or any other storytelling medium who tells the story by portraying a character and, usually, speaking or singing the written text or play.
Most early sources in the West that examine the art of acting (Greek: ὑπόκρισις, hypokrisis) discuss it as part of rhetoric.
Famous quotes containing the word acting:
“We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think were in the present, but we arent. The present we know is only a movie of the past.”
—Tom Wolfe (b. 1931)
“Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. Its a bums life.... The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.”
—Marlon Brando (b. 1924)
“More broadly across time and cultures, it seems, one perennial piece of advice to father has been the importance of acting tenderly toward their children. The New Father, it turns out, is an old story.”
—David Blankenhorn (20th century)