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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 02, 1912, Image 10',
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yours I made a-special trip to
the big- Essanay studio on the
outskirts of" Chicago to see him.
Francis X. (for Xavier) Bush
man looks like -an immaculate
beau brummel in Tiis every-day
He is Teal, not make believe.
He is human, .not spot-light
He looks, what he is, a Virgin
ian. His eyes are $lue. His brown
hair is a trifle curly (the genuine
actor brand) and his physique is
an athlete's. For four years while
he was playing in stock in New
York, he was known as the best
Success as a moving picture
player, Bushman says, depends
on a big quantity of the following
Readiness to take anytChance
which may add realism to a pic
ture. , -
A through knowledge of ges
ture A definite personality.
An athletic, supple body.
From my own observations I
concluded the greatest difference'
between a photo player (the cor
rect name, by the way) and the
prdinary actor is his "reamess."
The secret is the naturalness
"with which he works and play$
,. Let mcpass on to you, a few J
ttangs .isusnmantpia me about
his profession. ,
"The art of moving picture
playing is the art of pantomime,"
"A man may be -ever sueh a
wonder in the regular theatrical
production and a complete fail
ure in a moyingpicture because
he knows little of gesture or the
value of action.
Gesture is the photo player's
greatest weapon. Kfe must be
able to gauge action by seconds.
Personality is his one best bet for
popularity with the. public.
"You can't fake in a moving
picture. You just have to live the
"The moving picture field is a
wonderful one in which to play
new characters, but if yoti!ve
never tried itj you don't know
what it means to act without an
Bushman is under contract at
the Essanay studio. If any one
were to ask hhn what he will
have to do tomorrow he would
probably be as much in the dark
as the questioner.
And if someone else wanted
him to recount the narrow es
capes and dangerous experiences
3ie has already had, he wouldn't
know which to tell first. Falling
out of burning buildings (which
actually burned), jumping off
high cliffs, rolling down mountain
sides and struggling hand-to-hand
with the "villain" are all in
a day's work for Bushman.
Tor humiliate a raan start a
story that his wife whips him, ad
.yises Ed Howe. All right may
be, Ed. But .suppose his wife
hears of it and concludes to dem
onstrate on the starter of that