Definitions for "Method acting"
a style of acting first expounded by Konstantine Stanislavsky in the early 1900s, and popularized by Lee Strasberg (1899-1982) in the US in his Actors Studio; refers to actors who gave realistic performances based upon and drawn from their own personal experiences and emotions; refers to not emoting in the traditional manner of stage conventions, but to speak and gesture in a manner used in private life. Example: Marlon Brando was known as one of the main practitioners of method acting, seen here in the famous taxicab scene in On the Waterfront (1954); other proponents of method acting included James Dean and Montgomery Clift.
originated from the Russian stage director Stanislavsky, method acting involves the actor's "living" out the emotions and experiences of the character internally rather than just imitating. In American film, method acting has been dominant since the 1950's. Dustin Hoffman is probably the leading male method actor in the US.
A technique of acting based on the theories of Stanislavski, where the actor bases the role on the perceived inner motivations of the character played.