Westworld’s Ed Harris On The Difference In Playing A Host Vs. A Human

Examining the distinction between people and machines is the core theme of HBO’s “Westworld.” In our actual life, we’re edging nearer and nearer to sentient AI (if it isn’t already right here), and the ethical implications of that concept have been a cornerstone of sci-fi for about so long as computer systems have existed. 

It is sensible that when Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan determined to sort out this title, they’d be most within the humanity within the machine and the shortage of humanity in flesh and blood individuals. That’s definitely what the present has been exploring for the previous couple of seasons, however what about how the actors are concerned? How do they sort out the totally different sorts of performances, particularly after they play each human characters and robotic variations of themselves? 

Our personal Danielle Ryan had the possibility to speak to 2 certifiable legends who’ve needed to take care of this very particular appearing problem: Ed Harris and Tessa Thompson.

Specifically, she requested, “Is there something that you simply do to assist maintain the totally different variations of your characters aligned in your head or any little tiny issues that you simply do to separate say Host William from human William or Charlotte versus Dolores Charlotte?” Both Harris and Thompson have been impressed by the query.

Becoming greater than his programming

Harris particularly responded effectively to the query:

“Good query. There have to be one thing I’m doing that I do. I believe it is extra simply the inner information that you’ve got been programmed in a sure means. The Host MIB shouldn’t be a full fleshed human he is obtained a sure … I do not know learn how to clarify it. The others which have performed the AI characters greater than I believe have a greater hit on it, however I simply type of assume that I’m synthetic, however nonetheless have his personal emotions or his personal wants and issues like that. But I’m a employed gun for Hale’s character and he is just about in season 4 type of doing her bidding. So I’m hoping that inside that he grows into having another of his qualities come out, as a result of all of them appear to progress. Even in the event that they’re Hosts, they appear to flee the restrictions of how they have been programmed and begin evolving. So I do not know the place that may go, however I’m hoping it does. If that makes any sense.”

Thompson’s position is slightly totally different in that she’s enjoying a character in her physique that isn’t her personal and she or he needed to examine Evan Rachel Woods’s bodily mannerisms when she performs Dolores and attempt to incorporate that into her work. It’s an identical problem in that she’s enjoying a personality that may be a model of herself that isn’t herself. This is beginning to sound like “Inception” with all of the layers to the truth of efficiency, however that type of brain-twister is what you tune into “Westworld” for!



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