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Books into movies – The Water Horse

For those of you who might enjoy acting, be thinking of it, or have questions about how actors create their characters, the Pofff Master took this opportunity to continue connecting to young actor, Alex Etel, of the upcoming movie, The Water Horse, which came from a book by Dick King-Smith, who wrote Babe. Alex had to pretend a tennis ball was the water horse for part of the filming of the movie. If you had to do the same thing, would you be able to pretend well enough to make it believable?

Alex wrote: i didnt read the book before but as soon as i got the part i started reading it
i took part in this because there is not many movies like this round at the minute and its a family script so i loved it
the book kind of attracted me to the film kind of because its a dick-king smith book
for me it was so hard to react to a tennis ball because i feel so stupid
the main thing is the self conciousnous is really hard to get over
–Alex

The Pofff Master understands feeling stupid and self-conscious. Many of us go through this. It is human. But actors – the good ones – have the ability to take feelings like this and use those feelings in a way that turns them around or transforms them into other emotions that the characters may be feeling. 

We don’t have Alex here to question him about how he overcame or dealt with this feeling, but if an actor or you and I feel stupid, embarrassed, ashamed, or self-conscious and we can’t let go of it or use it, what can we do? I wonder if some of the adults in the film The Water Horse like Emily Watson or Ben Chaplin helped Alex. I wonder if director Jay Russell helped him with this.

Ask people you know who you admire what they do if they feel stupid or ashamed about something they did or had to do.
Click below to find out a couple things the POFFF Master recommends… Color Me Stupid – Silly Wand

Meanwhile in an interview (click on Ben Chaplin) above, both Alex and Ben spoke of working in the water for the film. Some of us, like Ben Chaplin, have fear of water. If you have this fear, look at the slide.com slideshow above this Books into movies post.

  • Place your hands on your belly.
  • Think of something you’re struggling with or afraid of
  • Feel under your hands
  • Gaze at the picture and pretend you can drink it–all the colors
  • Taste it as it goes into your mouth. What flavor is it? Grape? Cherry? Pina Colada?
  • Feel how it goes down your throat into your chest, upper belly, stomach
  • Breathe slow and deep
  • Take another drink… feel how it goes down throat-chest-stomach
  • Repeat for as long as you need