Mark, I am your father.

September 4, 2010

Today I thought about how actors have an age, but the character they are playing don’t, and that’s a bit weird.

I mean, a character is meant to have a history and a background, but only to the extent it’s relevant to a plot. A character is of his time. He is a newborn in the year of filming. He is created from the trends and themes of the environment or whatever the TV schedules need that year, or whatever. Characters exist in a space of contemporary creativity. Actors were named and began their formative experiences a number of years ago. Characters have cool names made out of story and nowness, names like Luke Skywalker. Actors have names made out of parents and past, like Mark Hamill.

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