IELTS Speaking
IELTS Speaking Part 2 and 3 : Actor

IELTS Speaking Part 2 and 3 : Actor

IELTS Speaking Part 2 – Actor

Describe a film character played by an actor or actress whom you admire
You should say:

  • Who this actor/actress is
  • When you saw the film
  • What the character was like in this film
  • And explain why you admire this actor/actress

His name is Jackie Chan, and he is renowned as one of the most prolific Chinese martial artists, not only in Hong Kong but also worldwide. He has achieved such popularity that everyone recognizes him by his stage name. I cannot recall the exact time I watched one of his films, as it has been quite a while, but his movies are frequently broadcasted and are also available on Netflix. Jackie Chan often portrays the role of a police officer, such as Detective Lee in the Rush Hour film series. Detective Lee embodies the stereotypical image of a righteous and incorruptible police officer who fights for justice. He partners with Chris Tucker’s character, and initially, they have their differences, but eventually, they become a strong team. The chemistry between the contrasting personalities of the energetic Chris Tucker and the silent Asian cop is truly wonderful.

Returning to Jackie Chan himself, he is an admirable individual. Despite his flaws as a person, his work ethic is remarkable. He has always been known for performing his own stunts, often risking injury, and he consistently takes care of his fellow cast and crew members. There was even a viral video where his team, who were all around 50 years old, showed up in tears, demonstrating the care he had for his people. Such dedication and concern for others are enviable traits in Jackie Chan and contribute to his enduring legacy.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 – Artists

Are actors or actresses very interested in their work? Why?

Well, I cannot be confident about this, but as someone who has worked, I know that sometimes we are not passionate about our jobs; we are more interested in the money rather than the art or craft itself. It’s possible that some actors choose the profession solely for financial reasons, while others are genuinely passionate about it. I have observed many actors who appear to dislike their job. For instance, there are cases where individuals are born into influential celebrity families, commonly referred to as “nepo babies,” and they are pushed into the industry. However, there are also actors who continue to love acting even in old age. It varies from person to person.

Is being a professional actor or actress a good career?

I cannot claim that being an actor is a suitable career choice for everyone. Unlike becoming a doctor, where the path is clear once you complete a certain number of years of education, pursuing a career as an actor is uncertain. Regardless of your education, your success in this field often depends on various factors. Additionally, establishing connections within the industry is crucial to receive opportunities and projects. Unfortunately, there are instances where individuals like Harvey Weinstein manipulate artists to gain personal advantage, which can be distressing.

What can children learn from acting?

I believe there are various aspects to consider when discussing acting, and as a child, one can learn the art of acting and witness how people possess the ability to fake tears or smiles, as well as control and channel their emotions effectively. It is a talent that not everyone can master.

Why do children like special costumes?

I believe one reason children feel special and powerful when wearing costumes like Superman or Spider-Man is because they can imagine possessing the powers and abilities of those characters. For example, during Halloween, children often choose to dress up as their favorite princess or character. It’s a matter of imagination and the empowerment that comes with embodying those characters through costumes. It allows kids to tap into their imagination and experience a sense of empowerment.

What are the differences between actors or actresses who earn much and those who earn little?

Firstly, A-list actors often have creative decision-making power when it comes to movie projects. For instance, actors like Marlon Brando had the ability to make changes to the script if he didn’t like it. He has reached a level of popularity and fame where he was given the privilege of not having to memorize his lines. Instead, he relied on earpieces to receive their his dialogue while filming.

On the other hand, B-list or C-list actors do not have these options. They have less influence over the creative aspects of the film and typically follow the directions given by the director. They have limited control over their roles and often have to adhere to the decisions made by others.

A notable example is Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ) when he initially started in the Iron Man film. He was not the main character and held a lower status in the industry. As he gained more popularity, his influence and decision-making power increased. He was able to negotiate his price and have more say in the creative process of the movies he was involved in.

What are the differences between acting in a theatre and that in a film?

I consider myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to be part of an indie film during my high school years and to perform in theater productions. Performing in theater is truly exhilarating, as you can directly experience the energy of the live audience. It’s a unique feeling to perform multiple shows in one night, which tests both your organizational and acting skills. You may need to handle props, speak into a microphone while running which can be both emotionally and physically challenging.

In addition to theater, I also had the chance to participate in a short film. This experience was different as it involved more retakes and reading lines from a script. The focus was on capturing specific moments rather than sustaining a character over an extended period. Working with other artists in the film industry was inspiring, as they provided guidance and corrections to improve the way I spoke and portrayed my character. There is a greater level of control in filmmaking, with the ability to make adjustments and reshoot scenes to achieve the desired outcome.

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