PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 11: Dario Argento attends "Vortex" premiere at Cinema Max Linder on April 11, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
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On Every Film Dario Argento Asks His Actor For The Same Two Things
Over the years, Italian director and master of suspense, Dario Argento has worked with a variety of actors. In order to help his actors immerse themselves in their roles, Argento always has specific advice that he tells each of them to consider as they ready themselves to play his parts.
Argento opened up on how he gets his actors to feel comfortable in their roles. First, he said, "I ask the actors to be themselves," and then he says "Every evening, before they leave the set, I repeat the same thing. [...] I want you to invent something. Something that belongs to you. Something personal. Something intimate. I want you to think of something about yourself and bring that to me."
This decision to allow his actors to inject some of their own personalities into the roles they play has a very specific purpose. Argento further explains, "In this way, the actor enters more deeply into the film. Then the film belongs to them as well, since they're putting an important part of themselves into it."