Two of the modern world's greatest heavyweight actors, born on the same day.
Cassius Marcellus Clay Junior, in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1942 - named, like his father, or so I presume, for, or at least after, Cassius Marcellus Clay, abolitionist, (see October 19); and then self-renamed Cassius X when he first joined the Nation of Islam; finally Muhammad Ali... and I mean what I have just said, beause I can think of few who met the standards of "Method Acting" better than Ali, off-stage as well as on - sometimes even better off-stage, like those memorable pre-fight verbal sparring sessions in which his mostly brain-dead opponents hadn't a clue what he was jibing, teasing and generally mocking about them, though in the end it was he who died of brain-death, pummeled into a refusal to submit by the white racists of America, who tried to take his title away by conscripting and then jailing him - not the first black heavyweight to suffer that fate... but eventually pummeled by Joe Frazier, and then finished off by George Forman, into a state of such severe Parkinson's...
Stanislavski didn't call it "Method Acting"; that was Lee Strasberg's American take, and there were some minor variations, but very minor, unlike the actors whom the system, or the method, produced: Brando, Hoffman, De Niro, Day-Lewis, and an even longer list here of the women of Method.
I first came across Stanislavski as a drama student, and used him in my own amateur and semi-pro acting attempts, but mostly as a writer, because writers too need to prepare in exactly the same way.
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