Fictional Humans of NY – The Actor

In the first place, the actor looks nothing like me. But even if he did, I’m just not buying the performance. I don’t really act like that, do I? If I did, who would have anything to do with me? Maybe he’s doing some kind of subtle method acting that’s going over my head.

Maybe he’s playing it for laughs. That must be it. I hadn’t thought of it before but it makes sense. I can see the humor of the character’s situation from an objective perspective. That would explain why the actor is exaggerating my flaws in such grotesque fashion. It would also explain why the audience is unconcerned with his rapidly-accelerating downward spiral.

So he’s a comedian, this actor. I imagine it takes a unique skill set to be a comic actor. Maybe he has such compassion for his character that he invites humiliation so the audience can be manipulated into sympathy. Maybe this guy’s a better actor than I thought. 

But I still say he looks nothing like me.

Published by mikepowernyc

Named one of New York's Best Emerging Poets 2019, my poetry chapbook The New Normal was published by Analog Submission Press. My novel The Zoo was published by Cacoethes Publishing House. Other poems and short stories have appeared in Subterranean Blue Poetry, The Journal of Microfiction, and Sick Lit Magazine, among others. Other works include a staged reading of my play Digging Up John Barrymore, performed by Dreamcatcher Entertainment, and five albums of original music recorded with my band Late Model Humans.

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