Monday, October 24, 2016
"But I suppose my taste in performance was always
more naked, open, sometimes blanker, often wilder and more raucous than tasteful thespianism. The first live performances I ever saw were the great Scottish comics Stanley Baxter and Ronnie Corbett as the Ugly Sisters in pantomime at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh. This experience, I have to confess, stole my heart and has been, clearly, profoundly influential. Meanwhile, my early devotion to the films of Robert Bresson and the performances of his “models” is still a benchmark. I always think that, were I to need to find a job description for my passport, as used to be the case, I would prefer “sometimes model, sometimes clown,” maybe most accurately “showgirl.” The seriousness of “actress” alienates me and makes me want to declare at the border that I carry no contraband earnest intent before I’m patted down." --interview with Tilda Swinton. For the Berry, just substitute the word "actress" with "escort" or "artist".