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Jon Bernthal Shares His Thoughts on Method Acting

Jon Bernthal is sharing his thoughts on “method acting” and why that term has been abused lately in the media.

The 45-year-old actor was photographed while stepping out for the premiere of his new HBO limited series We Own This City on Thursday (April 21) in New York City.

Jon was joined at the event by co-stars Jamie Hector, Darrell Britt-Gibson, Josh Charles with wife Sophie Flack, Rob Brown, David Corenswet, Don Harvey, Larry Mitchell, Ian Duff, Delaney Williams, and Gabrielle Carteris, as well as director Reinaldo Marcus Green.

In a new interview with THR, Jon talked about “method acting” and if the word has been abused.

“Absolutely. And that’s why these conversations are difficult for me, honestly, because every actor has a process,” Jon said. “Having studied in Moscow at the Moscow Art Theater, I guarantee you that making everybody call you by your character name and not showering for eight months was not what Stanislavski had in mind with the Method. But at the end of the day, these sacred seconds between action and cut, that’s all we got. So that means that I got to stay in proximity to that role, close to those sacred seconds, that I’m not on a cellphone or eating Chinese food or making plans for the evening. But if I’m talking like Wayne and I’m acting like Wayne, because it’s going to help those seconds, I think you got to do that. And sometimes that’s a day, sometimes it’s a week, sometimes it’s five minutes. But I think this idea of Method acting where George was only allowed to call me Wayne, I don’t roll like that. I don’t see any benefit in that.”

The six-episode series We Own This City premieres on HBO on April 25.

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'The Wire' Creators Debut 'We Own This City' Trailer - Watch Now!

Jon Bernthal, Wunmi Mosaku, Jamie Hector and Josh Charles star in the debut trailer for We Own This City, coming later this month to HBO Max.

The show reteams The Wire creator David Simon and George Pelecanos.

Here’s a synopsis: In the 2000s, the Baltimore Police Department struggled to respond to crime with meaningful police work, giving itself over to mass arrest and drug warring instead. We Own This City shows how the department’s desperate reliance on statistics over substance eventually led to the inability of department officials to supervise the Gun Trace Task Force and the further inability of the department to discipline rogue police. At the time of the GTTF scandal in 2017, though there were numerous indications of corruption within several plainclothes units going back almost a decade, Baltimore police commanders held to the belief that any street unit that could bring in guns and drugs consistently had to be championed and protected. WE OWN THIS CITY depicts the inevitable corruption of a unit given this carte blanche.

The limited series debuts on April 25 on HBO Max.

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HBO Recruits Josh Charles, Jon Bernthal & Jamie Hector For 'We Own This City' Series

Josh Charles is headed back to television in a new, limited series from HBO.

The -year-old former Good Wife actor will star opposite Jon Bernthal and Jamie Hector in We Own This City, Variety reports.

The upcoming show, which will also be directed and produced by Reinaldo Marcus Green, is based on the book of the same name by Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton.

It will be a six-hour limited series chronicling the rise and fall of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force — and the corruption and moral collapse that befell an American city in which the policies of drug prohibition and mass arrest were championed at the expense of actual police work.

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