The Meisner Technique is an intensive training system for actors developed by renowned acting coach Sanford Meisner, who teaches actors how to behave instinctively and get in touch with their emotions. It’s known in the acting community as the “real people” technique, because it stresses realism and authenticity. Instead of merely acting sad, shocked or remorseful, an actor trained in the Meisner Technique really is sad, shocked or remorseful.
One of the technique’s greatest practitioners is Alec Baldwin, who has used it to great acclaim throughout his career, earning three Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, eight SAG awards and an Oscar nomination.
Baldwin’s performance during a recent interview with ABC’s news actor/Democratic advisor George Stephanopoulos clearly draws upon this acting method and is so convincing, it’s as if Baldwin actually believes he had nothing to do with the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. To be clear, Baldwin shot and killed the woman. No one else did. It was a criminally negligent act.
But the previews of the ABC interview posted on social media tell a different story.
“The trigger wasn’t pulled. I didn’t pull the trigger. I would never point a gun at someone and pull the trigger on them, never,” Baldwin pleads into the camera, while pausing occasionally to wipe a tear from his eye.