Robert Carlyle in Keep Walking – Movie Monologue Monday

This week we’re looking at something that isn’t from a movie but it’s so brilliant that I just had to share it here.

It’s Robert Carlyle in a commercial for Johnnie Walker whisky. He performs a six minute monologue while walking at a brisk pace along a rocky path in one uninterrupted take.

Carlyle This is an insanely acting is great, but it’s dwarfed by the immense technical

If you’re showing it in class, you might want to run it by your administration first since it’s an alcohol ad.

Class Exercise

  • Discuss the technical demands of the shoot. Here are a few things that come to mind:
    • Six minutes of text that the actor had to deliver in one take
    • Picking up objects and placing them accurately while moving quickly and speaking
    • Having to hit several marks exactly at the right time
    • Rough terrain
  • The props and set pieces are always exactly where he needs them. How do you suppose this was accomplished?
  • Do you think the filmmakers used any tricks/cheats in putting the piece together?
  • What would you do to add/improve/enhance this piece?
  • The camera operator was wearing something similar to the picture below and was backwards while making sure that the actor was in the shot. Who had the more difficult job? The actor or the camera operator?



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Craig Mason