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

New album "Observations" available now. A veteran of NYC’s underground music scene, Mike Power played on the stages of such beloved lost venues as CBGB’s and Kenny’s Castaways, as well as stalwart surviving ones like Arlene’s Grocery and the Bitter End as singer/songwriter/bassist with Late Model Humans. In 2020, quarantining from the global pandemic he worked remotely with other artists to record a collection of new music called Observations, that infuses his punk roots with introspective acoustic pieces.

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