A tiny bit better – The Economic Times

Insightful wisdom, sometimes revealed in film dialogue, leaves an inspiring impact. In an engaging scene from the film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” the fictional character of a struggling 1960s actor named Rick Dalton strikes up a conversation with another fictional character of a child actress named Trudi Fraser (aged only 8 years old), until now unknown.

To break the ice, Rick asks, “Aren’t you having lunch? Trudi responds, “Eating lunch before doing a scene makes me lazy. I believe it’s an actor’s job to avoid obstacles to their performance and strive to be 100% effective. Of course, we never get there, but it’s the chase that makes sense. Impressed, Rick asks, “Who are you?” Trudi responds, “You can call me Marbella Lancer. When we’re on set, I prefer to be referred to only by my character’s name. It helps me to invest in the reality of the story.

I’m always a little bit better when I don’t break character. And if I can be a little bit better, I want to be. Rick Dalton, prone to forgetting his lines, is driven by the focus and commitment of the child actress. In the next scene involving both Rick and Trudi, the former gives a flawless performance, earning him applause from the latter. Positive vibes are also contagious.

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