At 10 years old, Dylan is a method actor. He is so committed to a role that he cannot imagine not dressing like the character and is willing to go outside wearing whatever outfit he has put together.
Today he wanted to dress like the Pokemon character, Riolu. His outfit consisted of a Goofy hat to give him the long Riolu ears and two pieces of paper taped to his arms. He wanted me to help him make a black mask to wear as well but I told him that I wasn’t able to help him with that. Well, he tried to go outside to play Pokemon dressed as the character. Now, he wasn’t going outside to play the card game of Pokemon but rather was going outside to do some imaginative reenactment and I had to stop him before he had all the neighborhood kids staring at him.
We had to have a little talk about appropriate settings in which to be a method actor. I explained to him how he likes to really do a role right and that there are great actors out there who are just like them because they want to be true to their character. When I was in the middle of explaining to him that he needs to be in the appropriate place to portray a character, he said “Like on the set.” Yes, like on the set.
Someone cast this boy in a production! He needs a stage or a set!