By: Shelby Halliman
I have always been more fascinated in the process of film making rather than the finished product. Many actors share this way of thinking and commit to the idea of remaining “in the moment” as opposed to seeing their own films.
Still from the set of Star Wars: A New Hope.
Researching more on this topic, I wanted to gain a more in depth understanding on the reasoning behind this. My conclusion? I completely agree. Acting is an experience that allows a person to be fully immersed within a role. It demands a person to become vulnerable and provides a limitless approach to various situations that could occur while making a particular film. Once the production on a film has come to an end, the job of an actor has ended as well. They have no obligation to stick around afterwards, leaving them to move on to their next project in order to advance their careers. There are many well-established actors and actresses that do not wish to watch their own films due to various circumstances. You can read an article about ten actors who prefer not to see their own movies here:
Most actors admitted that the worst critics to come across their movies are themselves. Making the decision to not watch their movies, has actually benefited many different actors in more ways than one. By reviewing their movies, a numerous amount of actors find that they are putting themselves in a compromising position. In the previously mentioned article, a lot of actors admit to the possibility of succumbing to doubt if they were to see their own movies. They would look for a reason to criticize their work that could ruin their way of thinking when working on future projects. In addition to this, several actors find that being in a vulnerable state makes them feel insecure. With millions of people watching their films and formulating an opinion already, many actors have come to the conclusion that they do not feel the need to contribute to another form of critique.