Sunday, November 3, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2586: Harrison Ford in "Ender's Game" - Microexpression and Macroexpression of Regret - Harrison's Brand and the Stanislavski Method (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

In the new sci-fi film, "Ender's Game" (from the book of the same name by Orson Scott Card), Harrison Ford plays Colonel Graff. Within the video above, a clip from the movie shows Ford's character speaking with Mazer Rackham (played by Ben Kingsley). At the 0:41 mark the segment begins -

Graff: "He's not ready."

Rackham: "You're never ready".

At the 0:54 second mark (within the first syllable of the word, "... never ..."), Ford displays a Microexpression of Regret (some may confuse this with either microexpressions of duping delight or even contempt - don't fall into this mistake). This is superimposed on top of a subtle Macroexpression of Regret.

Regret is one of Ford's best facial expressions (both its micro and macro versions) - and as an actor, he plays this emotion much better than most. One may even say, "Regret is Harrison Ford's brand".  The probable reason for his ability to do this is his recreation of this specific emotion using the Stanislavski Method. Without Stanislavski's help, he would not only not be able to routinely and accurately reproduce this nonverbal facial signal - but primarily and just as importantly the emotion beneath it as well.

Here Ford experiences the emotion first - and the body language is secondarily manifested.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2323:  Jodi Arias Murder Trial  The Body Language of Unilateral Regret vs. Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2408:  Sen. Kelly Ayotte's Anxiety & Regret via  Senators Graham & McCain -  Republican Body Language in Response to  President Obama's National Defense University Speech

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2485:  Barack Obama on Next Federal Reserve Chairman -  Anger, Disgust, Regret and Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2505:  Marine Jesse Cottle and Wife Kelly  Body Language Expression of Regret and Sincere Smiles

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2558: Reggie Jackson Displays a Great Combined Microexpression, Mr. October's Body Language 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2414:  Sen. John McCain after his Trip to Syria -  Body Language of Regret and Contempt

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2488:  Keri Russell's Body Language -  She's Trying to Convince Us & Jimmy Kimmel