The venerable Sir Patrick Stewart, known to legions of fans as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and Professor Charles Xavier in “X-Men,” lets it all hang out as a crass, cocaine-snorting, over-the-top TV pundit on “Blunt Talk,” his new comedy series on Starz.
In showbiz, this is called playing against type.
Bryan Cranston in “Breaking Bad.” Julie Andrews in “Victor/Victoria.” Steve Carrell in “Foxcatcher.” Rachel McAdams in “True Detective.”
Actors love to show their range. They crave playing against type. (Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2015).
At work, at home, in every part of life, playing against type is a bit more complicated. It’s also hugely rewarding.
When Mr. Stewart plays against type, he surrenders to the core, the values, the history of a different character.
In work and life, we hold on to our core.
We experiment with the expression of this core.
That’s our personal range.