Saturday, December 7, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2632: "The Sound of Music", Carrie Underwood and a Key Body Language Limiting Element (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Carrie Underwood starred in a live rendition of the classic, "The Sound of Music" (Musical, Rogers and Hammerstein, 1959 and the five time Oscar Winning Film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, 1965).

Ms. Underwood is an acclaimed and highly awarded singer; however she has come under significant criticism regarding her acting in this live "Sound of Music" performance.

The use of Botox significantly reduces the ability of the face to express emotion.

Acting, of course, is not simply remembering and delivering a line.
Many forget and/or dramatically undervalue body language when it comes to acting. 

Vocal qualities (paralanguage) also are not nearly as easy replicate on demand as some would imply.

When a person is acting well - their paralanguage, verbal and nonverbal communication are all congruent. When any one of these are out of alignment it stands out dramatically - and it's labeled as bad acting.

Julia Roberts has been famously quoted, "It's unfortunate that we live in such a panicked, dysmorphic society where women don't even give themselves a chance to see what they'll look like as older persons. I want to have some idea of what I'll look like before I start cleaning the slates. I want my kids to know when I'm pissed, when I'm happy, and when I'm confounded. Your face tells a story... and it shouldn't be a story about your drive to the doctor's office." The same phenomenon holds true for acting.

Whether a multiple academy award winner, a rookie or somewhere in between, the paralyzing effect of Botox dramatically reduces the ability to display the body language necessary for adequate, let alone excellent acting.

In all four of these examples here, Ms. Underwood's forehead and mid-face are very significantly hypo-reactive. Anyone who has serious aspirations towards acting should strongly consider not using Botox. 

See also:

Negotiation Secret # 591: A Classic Tell -  Tongue, Eyes, Brow and Forehead; David Moyes

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2512:  Matthew Cordle's YouTube Confession  and the Death of Vincent Canzani  "I Killed a Man" - What His Body Language Tells Us ...  It's NOT what you think!

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2310:  Oscar Pistorius' Body Language in Court - Part II  Central Forehead Contraction, Frown & Pupil Dilation ....

Nonverbal Communication Secret # 1439:  Central Forehead Contraction & Inward Lip Roll  Devon Davis & April Davis 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2474:  Mayor Bob Filner's False Smile -  Insincerity, Body Language and San Diego 

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2171:  Charlie Bit My Finger!  One Body Language Signal Always Seen With Significant Pain

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2503:  Fort Hood Shooter and his Tell-Tale Body Language  Common to many Mass-Killers -  Nidal Malik Hasan gets the Death Penalty