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Old April 15 2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

I've come across a few critical and disparaging remarks about it. Why?
To my mind he's a superb actor. Certainly his style is theatrical - which isn't surprising, given that like a lot of the actors who end up playing main parts in Star Trek, he's classically trained. But the same applies to Patrick Stewart - watch Picard giving one of his famous speeches, and that's pure stage acting right there. He could be in a Shakespeare performance. Yet I've never heard him being criticized for it.
As far as I'm concerned, the theatrical style fits characters like Sisko and Picard to a nicety, because they're written to be larger than life. A bit of grand declamation never comes amiss there I feel.
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Old April 15 2013, 03:13 PM   #2
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Re: re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

i like brooks, i think it's More. To. Do. With. The. Slight-Ly. Odd. Way. He. Speaks when he's angry/excited, which some people find distracting.
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Old April 15 2013, 03:23 PM   #3
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Re: re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

Really Brooks gives his best performance when he's playing an angry/upset role. He often does fall flat when he's just delivering the daily dialogue and you can't have him being angry ALL the time without him becoming a parody.
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Old April 15 2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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Re: re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

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i like brooks, i think it's More. To. Do. With. The. Slight-Ly. Odd. Way. He. Speaks when he's angry/excited, which some people find distracting.
Couldn't have put it better myself.
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Old April 15 2013, 04:58 PM   #5
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Re: re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

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i like brooks, i think it's More. To. Do. With. The. Slight-Ly. Odd. Way. He. Speaks when he's angry/excited, which some people find distracting.
Couldn't have put it better myself.
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Old April 15 2013, 05:02 PM   #6
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Re: re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

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i like brooks, i think it's More. To. Do. With. The. Slight-Ly. Odd. Way. He. Speaks when he's angry/excited, which some people find distracting.
Wasn't that how Shatner delivered all of his lines as Kirk?
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Old April 15 2013, 08:21 PM   #7
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Re: re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

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Really Brooks gives his best performance when he's playing an angry/upset role. He often does fall flat when he's just delivering the daily dialogue and you can't have him being angry ALL the time without him becoming a parody.
Eh I just found the delivery of some of his lines in the first season incredibly flat disinterested. After Season 1, he seemed to have more interest in putting some weight in acting Sisko out beyond just a paycheque.
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Old April 15 2013, 10:28 PM   #8
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I think once Brooks was allowed to shave his head he really gave greater performances.
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Old April 16 2013, 03:02 AM   #9
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Brooks is one of the outstanding actors in the franchise, period (behind Sir Patrick Stewart IMO).

I think Brooks actually portrayed anger the best of all actors. My favourite scenes in that regard are where he punches Garak in In the Pale Moonlight and scolds Worf and Jadzia in Sons of Mogh.
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Old April 17 2013, 12:06 AM   #10
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Re: re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

To my mind, no-one could do righteous indignation the way Sisko could. I pity whoever stood in the firing range of one of his angry speeches.
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Old April 17 2013, 01:38 AM   #11
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Re: re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

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To my mind, no-one could do righteous indignation the way Sisko could. I pity whoever stood in the firing range of one of his angry speeches.
Well yeah, he was usually within punching range when he was giving one of those.
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Old April 18 2013, 04:07 AM   #12
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Re: re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

I pretty much always liked his performance of Sisko.

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Old April 18 2013, 02:47 PM   #13
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Re: re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

My least favorite thing is how in early season one he goes, "ah.. hee HEE HEE" as a kind of filler laugh. And also he walks down stairs very oddly, absolutely rigid from the hips up bu this hips down are moving like a marionette.

All of that kind of disappears though.
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Old April 18 2013, 03:00 PM   #14
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Re: re.:Avery Brooks' acting style

I liked Brooks' performance as Sisko a lot. I think any kind of unevenness had more to do with the way the character was written at times, but I think generally Brooks played Sisko as a thoughtful character who could explode if pushed too far.
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Old April 19 2013, 11:42 PM   #15
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The speech... oddity is the reason I prefer german Sisko by far.
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