There’s a method to the madness of Tim McGraw’s career, but when it comes to the Hollywood side of the superstar’s world, it doesn’t involve method acting.
You know what I’m talking about — that revered style of acting employed by many A-listers and Oscar winners where it’s all about deeply connecting with your character and being immersed in that character, sometimes all the time.
And while becoming the character rather than just playing the character has given some of the world’s top talent a definitive edge over the competition, it’s hard. McGraw will tell you he doesn’t necessarily know that it’s the smartest thing for him as much as he might like for it to be.
“I think that I would probably like to do that,” McGraw admitted in an interview. “If I didn’t have anything else to do, and it was something that was really a part that you completely got immersed into — maybe a historical figure or something like that. I can see doin’ that and I probably would like to do [that]. I don’t know that I have the concentration to pull it off.”
Now I have to disagree with that last statement. Just look at McGraw’s incredible success in music. None of that would have been possible without incredible concentration and focus. What would be difficult is maintaining the careful balance he has now between his music and acting career. Try playing a concert to thousands of fans when you’re mentally and emotionally locked into a film character. Whew. That’s a lot.
And truth be told, method acting isn’t the only means of style that will get you the gold. Like McGraw, many of Hollywood’s top actors don’t subscribe to it. McGraw himself has proven with his roles in films like Country Strong, The Blind Side and Friday Night Lights that you don’t need it to deliver a great performance.
McGraw’s silver-screen greatness will continue in the film Tomorrowland, which co-stars Hollywood heavyweight George Clooney. The film is scheduled to hit theaters May 22, 2015.