Sunday, January 1, 2017

Lesson 2 Free Online Acting School Help for New Actors 2017 Edition

Lesson 2 of the Freedrama Free Acting School 
on freehelpforactors.com

Before looking at your own acting, look at other people's acting. If you are not able to attend a performance on stage, then you can watch movies. Your first homework assignment is to go see a play or watch a movie and select an actor that you feel did an amazing performance that you can learn from.


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When picking a movie to watch, think about a movie that had a major impact on you. What is your favorite movie and why? Is it the actors? Is there an actor in your favorite movie that you think is very good?

Watch a movie or see a play and pick an actor who you think was really good. What actor did you believe was "real"? Sometimes famous actors aren't the best actors. Was there an actor who was better than the well known person? Was there an actor who made you believe that they were really that character? Or was there an actor who totally changed who they were for the role and were different than you've ever seen them before?


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Write in your journal about the actor you watched. Did they become the character? Why was their performance good? What made them better than other actors? Or did all the actors work together and perform as a team? Post your journal in the blog comments below.

NOTE: You must then respond to another actor in this class. Your interactions MUST be positive or you will be disqualified from getting a certificate in the class and getting feedback on your acting from Emmy Award winner Doug Larson.



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76 comments:

  1. It was amazing he was the actor sho he was a dog who got turned to human So he acted like dog drowled alot he was crawling alothe was just awsome

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    1. I WATCHED Harrison Ford acting in India Anna Jones and the kingdom of crystal skull. I love it because i myself act out how he do his stunts and acting on the screen. by Alfred bracy

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    2. Wow it sounded like you learned a lot keep on going great job :)

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    3. My favorite actor is Mike Epps and I watched Meet The Blacks in the movie he is like the most funniest character he plays really good at his roles.

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  2. I watched Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Revenant' he totally lived the part tat he played. I loved his acting so much, while watching it seems to me that really a man is surviving from deadly conditions. he just live the part that he plays which makes him a different actor.

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    1. This is good information about the movie or show . Did he become the character.

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    2. true this is a great movie. And even tom hardy felt so real to me.

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    3. I love his movies and acting as well. He is a very serious actor and he put every bit of his heart and soul in the things do.

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  3. I've chosen the TV show "Black-ish". The actress that I choose was the mother. She became the character which was a mother of four while being a wife and four year graduate student for the study of the medical field. Her performance was great because she made me believe she was actually their mother. Her character was more like an independent character. Her performance was better than the others because she put herself in the characters chores.

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    1. I'm going to see it. Any chapter in specific?

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    1. I loved that movie! Ryan Reynolds has excellent comedic timing.

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  5. I watched Viggo Mortensen in 'The Lord of the Rings' and his performance was phenomenal. On and of the screen he inhabited his character whether it was hiking to locations in full costume or mastering swordplay, he represents to me a prime example of a method actor. He is one of my acting role models because of his dedication, perseverance, and of course his raw acting ability.

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  6. I watched Aaron Paul's Tv series Breaking bad.his both drama and comedy in the role of jesse pinkman was fabulous.

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    1. Why was he "fabulous" as Jesse Pinkman?

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  7. My favorite actress is Sigourney Weaver, and I like her role in Heartbreakers.

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    1. Why did you like her in heartbreakers?

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  8. heath ledger acting is phenomenal, the character is so complicated and he managed to be it and feel its true emotions and thinking. I saw his feelings, not as if he was acting. He's a great actor.

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  9. This is the greater thing to learn from others because we can observe their skills and polish them by our personal ways

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  10. I watched My Left Foot with Daniel Day-Lewis and I definitely one of the best actors of our time.Such a phenomenal performance

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    1. Why was it "such a phenomenal performance"?

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  11. For me one of the best performances I've seen was Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest. Although Louise Fletcher also gave a stellar performance that not only stands to the test of time but also rivals that of Jack Nicholson, His performance is undoubtedly one of the reasons One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest is my favorite movie. He is able to convey this somewhat cynical character in such a positive light. All he wants the mental wards to do is loosen up but given Nurse Ratchet (Louise Fletcher) strict rules, no one is able to do anything that would be considered fun aside from talking, sleeping, playing cards, and basketball playing. It's Randall Murphy's (Jack Nicholson) hopeless optimism that allows the others in his group have the courage to stand up for themselves, and had this role been given to anyone else I don't think that they would have done it justice like Jack Nicholson did.

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  12. I love the movie Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio. He played a theif and also entered other people dreams and stole theirs secrets from their subconscious. He's one of my favorite actors and always been seriuos in everything he has ever acted in. He definitely made me believe he was that actual person in the movie. He is an amazing actor.

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    1. I have heard about that movie, now you want to make me see it more...

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    2. I really liked that movie it was really good

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  13. I love Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger games... she nailed that role!

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  14. I watched Deadpool starring Ryan Reynolds. I loved they way he showed his emotions when he found out he has cancer. All the thoughts going through his mind were sad and questioning. It really made me believe that he was truly sad. His facial emotions fitted every word he said, Overall......I LOVED IT!

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    1. I agree, I mean I did not watch the movie but I have watched the trailer and behind the scene videos and he was really good and funny is like the part was made for him. He is not exactly like how he played in real life but his acting level, how much he knows, really made this part for him.

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    2. Yeah, truth is he depicted his emotions just perfectly. When he was being funny, he made it obvious he was being funny. when he was being sarcastic, his expression showed it. when he was angry, you could see it all around him. when he was in love, you could see it too. Ryan Reynolds was amazing

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  15. I definitely liked heath ledger's performance as the joker in Batman. I felt like he was the real joker, everyone else who played the joker was just telling HIS story the story of the joker who was heath ledger. He really got into the character and did an amazing job. He was the definition of the joker. With his laugh and action he did not only act as the joker but brought him to life and made him his own.

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    1. Yupp Leslie, Heath ledger is just awesome. His portrayal is epic but I think that he got too engrossed in that role. Its said that he could not retain himself. Please reply at my comment and journal

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  16. Dwayne Johnson's character as 'BOB' in the movie CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE was epic. His funny gestures really interpreted his part also every action and fighting move were properly choreographed. Just so real and can make you laugh

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  17. I've chosen Will Smith and the show "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air". One of my main reasons why I like Will Smith is because he can easily be funny, or serious sometimes even both, and his acting was extremely good in the episode of Fresh Prince "Papa's got a new excuse" it was very emotional and it felt real I felt his pain. He's also a comedic actor like most of the other episodes he's extremely funny and in Bad Boy there were times he acted very serious and also there were times when he acted very humorous, Will Smith is the definition of an extremely good actor.

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    1. I absolutely LOVE that man! His range of acting is amazing! I love that he is so funny and still able to be serious like in, I am Legend. or a mix of both like in Independence Day.

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  18. Aja Naomi King did it for me on How to Get Away with Murder. I mean, Viola Davis killed her role but Naomi as a not so popular actor did quite well. She became that character and keeps living up to it.

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    1. I agree. I feel that Aja is underrated. Her character leaves an imprint that is hard to shake. Her character annoys me but intrigues me and makes me want to know more of why she is the way she is. They touched on it but not enough. However, I'm not sure how it could be done without taking too much time away from the main point of the episode.

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  19. I've chosen the TV show The Originals which is about the first vampires and I love the way that Joseph Morgan who plays (Niklaus Mikaelson) become one with his character he makes it so real for me that I'm actually scared to go to New Orleans because I totally believe that there vampires real out there.

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    1. I love him and that show! He is good and making it all seem so real.

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    2. This tv show is absolutely great! the actors did so well in playing Such roles. I agree with you!

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  20. One of my favorite movies is The Help.
    At times I have to remind myself that Viola Davis' character and Octavia Spencer's character are not really them. So, one day when I meet Viola and Octavia, I need not to approach them as Abilene and Miss Minny.
    To include those two women were completely convincing as those characters. They are extremely memorable. They made me wish I could find them and ask questions about things that I weren't shown in the movie. I could read the book, but it wouldn't satisfy me the same way as it would being face to face.
    Those two women are why that movie fascinates me so much. It makes me wish I was in the movie with them.

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    1. Well said. Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are both incredibly talented and loved them in their roles in "The Help" as well. They definitely made a lasting impression.

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    2. That movie was greatly impacted by their awesome acting, I totally agree with you!

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  21. I have watched Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones. The way he has portrayed his character in each and every scene is just a treat to eyes. His every facial expressions is perfectly timed and dialogue delivery is also well versed and timed. Every time the pitch of voice also changed in accordance with expression.

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    1. One more thing to add each and every actor in this show are perfect as a team

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  22. I chose Man On Fire with Denzel Washington. He's one of my favorites. In this movie he showed all the different emotions and he pulled you in and made you feel every bit of it. He made it feel real like you were apart of it all. This movie makes me cry every time. He makes you feel the different emotions he's going thru like it was all real life.

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    1. Denzel is diffinetely a talented actor. He's very serious about his craft it's easy to forget we are watching Denzel as he disappears into his characters.

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    2. My brother enjoys The Unstoppable movie Denzel is in.

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  23. I chose, The Labyrinth, Jennifer Connelly.
    I believe she did become an angsty teenage girl. Her performance was good, no great! She made me believe this was a real world she was taken too. What made her better was her ability to bring everything to life, the fairies, the creatures... a combined effort from the entire cast made the movie the hit it was/is.

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  24. I recently watched Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game" and it blew me away. The way he can transform flawlessly to become any character and then still surprise the audience with his new take on it is unbelievable. Everything I've watched him in has impressed me immensely, and will continue to impress as long as he is in the business. Usually I don't recommend movies to my family, but this was a suggestion that I had to follow through with until we could have complicated conversations about his character. As Alan, he does not outshine his co-stars but makes their characters more believable while still delivering an outstanding performance. He sheds light on what an actor truly should be, and if I could gather a fraction of the talent he has, I would be very satisfied.

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  25. I love the role of shahrukh khan in Devdas,chak de india, my name is khan, fan and hrittik roshan in lakshya, leo d caprio in revenant, ranbir kapoor in barfi

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    1. Yes! shahrukh khan did a great job in that movie.

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  26. I watched Bates Motel, It's one of my favourite shows and one of my favourite actresses stars in it, Vera Farmiga. Every time I see her act it always amazes me how natural she is and how strong her emotions are. Specifically the role she plays in Bates Motel as Norma is a very difficult role to play because Norma has so many mixed emotions throughout the series and they change very quickly, but Vera is always able to nail every emotion and I can't possibly see anyone else as Norma. She is one of my acting inspirations and I want to be able to depict a character perfectly as she does.

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  27. The movie I watched that I really loved was Chicago. I can tell the cast worked very hard to put to make this fabulous production. If I had to pick out one actor/actress I would say I Catherine Zeta Jones was my favorite. Every time I watch this movie I get inspired to practice on my craft to someday be a part of a cast as magnificent as they were.

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    1. Chicago was incredible. A very interesting production and I absolutely loved the character that played Roxie Hearts. I hope you achieve your aspirations. :)

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  28. Definitely Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld!

    When she's having a meltdown, sobbing and gasping for breath and the programmer tells her to cease all emotional response, she just quits that just like that, and then she's blissful, looking at nowhere with hollow eyes. Her acting is impeccable. The whole series is great, but this very moment was when Evan Rachel Wood hooked me by my bellybutton and turned my insides out!!!

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  29. I watched Into the Woods. Emily Blunt did a great job in that movie. When she acted, I could feel her emotions. I was extremely sad when she died. I could feel her husband's pain.

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  30. My fav film is The fault in our stars. The film is about finding hope when you thought there was nothing to be hopeful for, and that's why i love it.

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  31. Although it is foreign, I have chosen the tv show "Remember" Directed by Lee Chang Min. As I was watching it, I had so many feelings. I was mad, sad, happy all at different times. Why? Because the actors had done such a great job, they can sway me this way. I chose the actor Yoo Seung Ho. In my opinion, he isn't on the higher up scale as the female main character, but he did so well. His tears, his emotions, his gestures everything was believable. He was perfect for that character.His acting was good because well, like i said he swayed me, he did a great job, I watched him carefully, and i'd say hes better as his role, than being himself. (And yes, this is a typical KDrama)

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  32. I am from Nepal and so I will be talking about Nepali actor .I am going to talk about the actor who is very serious about acting.He is Bipin karki and I loved his role in his first major film "Chadke"where he plays the character of local drug addictor of Chitwan "Bindu".He is like the same drug addictionist we found in our society of Nepal .He did the role so well that even the protagonist of the film get flopped .The way he feels the Character made me impress him .particularly when he encourages his friend to take up the gun to start killing the antagonist made me look up to him .Now he has become the great actor since then and he does give the life to his characters in which he plays .I love him .

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  33. Johnny Depp. Now although not my favorite movie I find The Pirates of The Carabbian movies to be some of the most amazing ones! I say this because of the wonderful acting and character portrayal given by many of the actors. I chose Johnny Depp over all of the other actors because Depp dives into the role head first, becoming one with his character and giving us an amazing portrayal.

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    1. Ironically I did Depp in the Alice movies. Would've done him as Jack Sparrow, but you took him first, haha. Good choice!

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  34. One of my favorite actors is a voice actor- Takahashi Hiroki. He voice acts a character from an animation from Hetalia and I choose him as one of my favorite actors because he fits into his character's role very easily. I absolutely love how he manages to portray his characters very well- they are often the smart and peaceful characters- and how calming his voice is.

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  35. I've done two analysis on a movie and a TV show.

    The actor I chose out of Alice: Through the Looking Glass is Johnny Depp who plays the Mad Hatter. I know he became the Hatter, as he's gone stark fad in the movie (for real this time) and his mood drastically changes as long ago he ended up losing his family long ago, but from recent events occurring, believes they are still alive. His performance was good as, first of all, the Hatter is mad, as well as portraying the sadness that he wasn't able to make up for how he had treated his father before he thought they had died. All the actors and actresses worked together and performed as a team to make Alice: Through the Looking Glass a success and shows a moral when younger people (mostly high school age and young adults) want to rebel and they say the wrong things to their family and when they lose that member, remembers the fight that they had and was never able to make up for their behavior.

    The show I chose was HBO's Game of Thrones as one actress that I am very fond of, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, change from a girl who wants nothing to do with sewing and wants to fight like her brothers are able to do. The character development is visible as you go through the seasons and see her change from that of a girl of 11 to a woman wanting to extract revenge on those who have wronged her family. Is she better than any other actor out there? She's still young and will probably find something in her interests that will make her maybe more successful, but all in all, the whole cast did a good to amazing job working and performing together to make Game of Thrones one of the best shows out there.

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    2. I have to say that I love your taste! - Johnny Depp and Game of Thrones, I love both. What surprised me about Depp is that he played this episodic role in a musical called "Into the Woods" where he plays the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood and the surprising thing about Through the Looking Glass was Sacha Baron Cohen - The Time. And I agree Maisie portraits that character very well and the development is very much visible so again - I love your choices!

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  36. An actor I chose is Heath Ledger. I first saw this actor in a movie called "10 Things I Hate About You", he played a mysterious guy, who everyone was afraid of, because they judged him based on his look, but inside he is quite nice, gentle, honest, good guy. Heath Ledger really brought to life this character (and every character he played), when I was watching this movie and especially this character because he was very interesting to me, I felt like this character is real, like if I were to meet Heath in person, he would be exactly like this character. Then I saw Heath Ledger in Batman movie, where he played the Joker and I couldn't recognize him and not just because of heavy makeup, but because he was completely different person. Then I watched "Brokeback Mountain" and again - completely different person than the last two I saw, which brings me back to the thing about merging with your character to the point where even you can't recognize yourself Dustin Hoffman said. "What made him better than other actors?" I can't say he was "better" than other actors, because I believe that the feel of a movie or a play in general comes from the relationships between characters and all actors have to "sell" that feel together. I don't think that it's even possible to compare the actors, because every of them portraits different character and everyone is doing it on his own, unique way, so I don't think that we could tell who is "better" or "worse" - it's relationship and chemistry between all of them that makes us feel certain things, that tells us certain story or tells us more about individual character even without saying anything so acting is actually a team work - one actor couldn't possibly do what the team of actors can do, I believe.

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  37. The actor i have chosen is Jennifer Lawrence from the hunger games. I think she smashed that role. She showed so much emotion during the film. She can play lots of different characters as she is in 'Joy' and 'Passengers' and is completely different compered to 'The Hunger Games'.

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    1. I am so impressed from Jennifer's acting, too and I think she acts perfectly in "The Hunger Games".

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  38. I chose Amy Adams in Nocturnal Animals. The movie is fantastic mostly because of its written and its point of view but the other thing that made the filme so good was the acting of Amy and Jake. But Amy really got me because of the role she plays, she doesn't only play a middle wife who is feeling regrets because of the choices she made in her life but also plays an imaginary character of the book she's reading. The book was written by the character ex-husband and it's dedicated to her, so she imagine herself and the writer (Jake/ex-husband) as the main characters. This is exactly what made Amy's job so excellent: she had to play someone and then imagine how this person would see themself in their own mind. She's a character inside and outside a book. She is someone and the perspective of this person reading yourself, the interpretation and imagination. Is fantastic how many things Amy had to represent.

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  39. I just watched a movie called the theory of everything it tells the story of Stephen Hawkiing's life and I couldn't stop watching it,the actor who played Stephen (Eddie Redmayne) Played him so well, I couldn't imagine doing that roll.

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  40. I watched Eddie Redmayne's film "The Theory of Everything" and it was awesome. The film tells us Stephen Hawking's life and his sickness. Eddie played the process so well that I lost myself in the film. And at the end of the film, I was so amazed from his talent. I think everyone has something to learn from his acting.

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  41. I watched a tv show insted of a movie I like to watch disney shows and I can learn a lot from Liv and Maddie I payed a lot of attention the dove cameron she is so sweet she did really well on her faces and body language and she worked with her brothers and twin sister to make their life in their aunts house better

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  43. I watched Deadpool. I payed attention to Ryan Reynolds as he played Deadpool and Wade Wilson. They are the same person but he plays them similarly but you can tell subtle differences

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