Playing for Real: Actors on Playing Real People

Mary E Luckhurst, Tom Cantrell

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book


This is the first book to explore how actors play real people. How do you capture Hitler, Mugabe, or a serial killer? How do you portray living monarchs or political leaders? Is it possible to embody a genius like Mozart or Darwin? With a multiple award-winning line-up, including Sir Ian McKellen on playing himself in Ricky Gervais's Extras.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages176
ISBN (Print)0230230423, 978-0230230422
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2010


  • Drama, Performance, Acting, Actor, Actress


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