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Jon Bernthal has become the latest star to speak out against method acting, the technique where a performer stays in character even after the cameras stop rolling.

Bernthal was talking about his new HBO miniseries We own this town – written by the creators of Thread – when asked if the term “method” had been abused in his sector.

“Absolutely,” Bernthal said. The Hollywood Reporter. “And that’s why these conversations are difficult for me, honestly, because every actor has a process. Having studied in Moscow at the Moscow Art Theater, I guarantee that making everyone call you by the name of your character and not showering for eight months was not what Stanislavski had in mind with The Method.

The Walking Dead The star stipulated that due to time constraints while filming, he understood the desire to stay “close to that role” rather than being “on a cell phone or eating Chinese food or doing things.” plans for the evening”.

“But I think this idea of ​​Method acting where [We Own This City co-writer] George Pelecanos had no right to call me Wayne, I don’t ride like that. I don’t see any upside to that,” he said, referring to the real cop he plays on the show, Detective Wayne Jenkins.

Method acting has been a big part of the cultural discourse lately, thanks to stars such as Jared Leto and Benedict Cumberbatch going to great lengths to stay in character.

Mads Mikkelsen also had some choice words for method actors (Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures)

However, many actors like Bernthal criticized the technique, including Mads Mikkelsen who called it “bulls**t”. the fantastic beasts star recently said: “What if it was a movie like ** – what do you think you accomplished? Am I impressed that you didn’t give up on your character? You should have let it go from the start! How is preparing Are we looking for a serial killer? Are you going to spend two years checking this out?

Meanwhile, Will Poulter said The Independent that “method of action should not be used as an excuse for inappropriate behavior – and it definitely is.”