How much do you believe an actor's stage presence contributes to type impressions? Sometimes if an actor (or even voice actor) is more emotive than the script calls for, it can mess up my perception on their functions, or they can give an introverted character an energy that comes off as extroverted.
A fair amount.
I had to laugh, because just the other day I had a conversation with a friend who doubted Jeff Goldblum is capable of playing a withdrawn introvert. His ENTP comes on STRONG. Can he NOT flirt with anyone in the room? No, so he does, and that makes even his introverted characters more… well, extroverted.
My personal favorites are the feeler actors who are handed thinker roles. They bring so much depth, nuance, and “hidden emotion” to the part – often the Fi-doms do this with their eyes, so even if the character itself is very detached and emotionless on-screen, there’s a hidden world of the soul in their gaze. Some of the stronger Fe’s, though, can soften a character so much, the natural cognition blurs (like Jeremy Northam’s Mr. Knightley in Emma; he takes all the sharp corrections/bluntness and gives them rounded edges and flirtations).
Audrey Hepburn, an ISFX (ISFJ?) said the hardest part she ever played was an extrovert – it was deeply uncomfortable for her to move outside her comfort zone like that, even in “make believe.” And indeed, she does have what I rather consider the “introvert zone” going on in her performances – they are a little more poised / self contained / not as ‘occupying’ as an extrovert’s performance.
Many introverts (like Ralph Fiennes, Al Pacino, Renée Zellweger, or Audrey, or Stephen Dillane) turn out incredibly deep, nuanced, layered performances all the time – but an extrovert occupies more space. They figuratively, literally, metaphorically, and personality-wise… sprawl across the screen (like Hugh Jackman, Jeff Goldblum, etc) and often engage in more “scene-stealing,” because the higher Fe’s have SO MUCH PRESENCE it’s effortless for them.
For characters, that’s why it’s best to look for function stacking in addition to the overall characterization – because the actor’s “tone” or “presence” is piling on top of what the script calls for, and their interpretation of it changes things.
- ENFP Mod