New doc reveals movie stars become their roles in real life with implications for everyone
You Are What You Act plays the Hot Docs Cinema in Toronto Nov 29th
What do Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Kate Winslet, Emily Blunt, and Jamie Foxx and Ryan Gosling have in common? They’ve all rescued people in REAL LIFE
Acting is a major unexplored transformational modality hiding in plain sight says Director Albert Nerenberg.
Albert Nerenberg the director behind the seminal laughter film Laughology, claims there is an indisputable pattern of movies stars becoming their roles. The phenomena has implications for regular people practicing bravery, confidence and even love. Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Emily Blunt, Ryan Gosling and Kate Winslet have all rescued people in real life, in ways similar to roles they play in movies.
Tom Cruise’s patten of public rescues begin when he started doing his own stunts in the Mission Impossible Series. But he’s not the only one. Kate Winslet, who often does her own stunts, rescued Richard Branson’s mother after the house they were staying in was hit by lightning. Harrison Ford has also been part of a number of rescues and mishaps that parallel his films.
Tom Cruise has rescued people on at least 5 different occasions, including a woman who was being mugged in London, two boys who were being crushed by crowds, and woman who was in a hit and run in Los Angeles.
While Harrison Ford is a volunteer helicopter pilot in Montana, he has also rescued people seemingly at random. He recently pulled a woman out of car wreck in California. Vin Diesel pulled children out of a burning car on a California expressway. These people have high paid publicists who likely promote every good act they commit. But the pattern is strong.
Have Tom Cruise and other action stars become real life heroes because they practice? If you are what you eat, are you what you act?
Directed by Laughologist, Hypnotist and Director, Albert Nerenberg (Laughology, Boredom, Stupidity) and produced by Frederic Bohbot (Oscar winner, The Lady in Number 6) You Are What You Act suggests acting is a new transformational modality. However, intriguingly most people are afraid to act.
There is science to suggest you can fall in love by acting in love. There is also research to suggest people become more confident when they embody confident behaviours. You Are What You Act presents the world’s leading action heroes and top thinkers in a fast moving documentary.
The film explores a new field of science called Embodied Cognition, with some of the leading researchers in the field including George Lakeoff, Visionary Doctor Gabor Mate and Harvard Psychologist Amy Cuddy. Combined with the surprising pattern of movie star outcomes, the film creates an intriguing paradigm shift in the way we think about human expression.
A section of the film explores the “hack for love” as proposed by Psychologist Robert Epstein. Epstein claims it’s not accident that showmances are so common on set, or that the Hollywood relationships are famously so short lived. Actors are acting out love behaviours at work on a regular basis.
But perhaps what is more interesting is that these behaviours propose a kind of “hack for love.”
The film also features Madan Kataria, the inventor of Laughter Yoga, who claims the fake it till you make it principal is both powerful and unexplored.
The documentary features a talk by controversial Harvard Psychologist Amy Cuddy, who introduced the concept of Power Posing, a system for creating personal confidence. Although her research has been contested, Nerenberg says he believes there is something to it.
“Every actor knows that power posing works,” he said.
Nerenberg says acting is a major transformational modality that is hiding in plain sight.
“Many huge psychological breakthroughs may actually be acting exercises,” he said. “What you are seeing is a collision between science and theatre which has huge implications.”
You Are What You Act Premieres at the Illuminate Film Festival, the world’s premier Conscious Film Festival in Sedona, Arizona.
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