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STORY ABOUT AN 'ACTOR WHO
By Gertrude M.Trice.-
"We, -never rehearse dangerous
So says Darwin Karr, who was
nearly killed not so very long ago,
when he fell off a horse. He knows
what it feels like- to play the scary
parts in moving picture plays. If he
were a vain sort of man he would
have worked an account of his nar
row escapes into a three.-yplume
novel or a "seven-day wonder" "story.
But as he is just a MERE man,
Darwin Karr, thVSblax Star.
with little time or inclinatioivto sing
his own praises, nothing muchhas
been said of this side of Kis picture"
Karr has done , any number of
stunts which include deep-water div
ing, leapsfrom high cliffs, and build-,
ings, races with" trains on trestles,
hanging from high places by the-fin--ger
nails and clinging to a precipice
by means of a frail creeper, which
might or might not stand the test of
his weight. '
DOES STUNTS FOR THE MOVIES'
When I asked him where he got the
"nerve" to take, these chances with
Fate, Karr laughed out loud and told
me it wasn't so difficult because they
"never rehearsed" this sort of scene.
"You see," he said, "if we don't
know exactly what's coining, we
don't get so nervous. But if we had
to-do the same hazardous thing two
or ' three times, we might get 'cold
Karr plays leads with the Solax
stock company at Fort Lee, N. J. Be
fore he joined the screen players, he
was on the stage with Virginia
Harned, Raymond .Hitchcock and
He was with Brady , for five years
and a headliner in vaudeville for
three years. He says that. 'though
there are no lines tp learn in the
photo-plays, there is "plenty of think
"A player has to get hold of the
story first," he '-told me, "as soon as
he had been assigriedto a new part.
;Theivhe.has.to" think: up the costume
for 'the part and decide how many,
changes 'will be necessary. After that
it is back to the dressing room and
your own mirror' to; work out the t
'situations and get' a grip on the 'at- .
mosphere' or'thefplay and;the part"
" Karr owns a car! ,
He lives' several :miles from the
Solax studio and drives to work every
morning. He confidentially imparted
to me the. fact "that the. skids and,
turns and antips of his machine,
when.HB is driving it sometimes, put
the most hair-raising- situations he
has ever had .to undertake in the'
pictures into the "milk and water"
class. I accepted this without posi
tive, propf when he laughingly sug
gested that perhaps I "came from
- Karr is another of the actors who
likes the jingle of his pay check 52
weeks in. the year.
"About the time I started in with
pictures," he said, ."actors on Broad-