Today I read a great interview with Mark Rylance in the Guardian. This was my favourite bit.
I don't want an outside view. It makes you a bit self-conscious. You think: oh, do I do that? And: that's not what I imagine I look like. Some actors do watch themselves. Kristin Scott Thomas watches early rushes, and then adjusts her performance. But I tend not to want to. I want to play free of that concern. I don't want it to obscure my listening, and my energy. After all, it's only a record of one performance. I'm always trying to clear my memory of what happened the night before. You, the audience, don't want leftovers; you don't want what I served the night before. With Shakespeare, the audience has so many fears and anxieties, so many preconceptions; you have to draw them into the present, to give them an experience rather than a lecture. It should be like a great tennis match: who's going to win?
It set me off thinking about what didn’t quite chime right for me in some recent superhero movies, and especially Man of Steel. (Spoiler alert: it’s not a great tennis match.)