Anomalous Material writes:
As a casual fan of films, and by extension a layman of the acting process, the so-called “Method” is a term that takes on almost mythic proportions and mystical properties; a cryptic technique that matches the enigmatic and mercurial nature of the actors brave enough to employ the process.
Like most things that are difficult to grasp, people often use it as a punch line in an attempt to diffuse the potent nature of it. They dismiss it as craziness, an excuse for actors to behave badly, to treat below-the-line and behind-the-scenes workers with contempt and alienate friends and family alike. If an actor goes so far as to brutalize himself, it gives him carte blanche to brutalize others. Or so the theory goes.