Saturday, October 12, 2013

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2556: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Star Trek - Even Great Actors Leak Body Language Tells (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

In this short interview segment of Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart for their upcoming movie "X-Men: Days of Future Past", we see a great example of how even very accomplished actors cannot fully suppress their body language.

Note: The original video has, since the original post, been removed from its online source. The images below however, were captured from this video. 

McKellen, recounting a conversation of 27 years ago, tells how he counseled Patrick Stewart to not pursue the roll of Jean Luc-Picard in "Star Trek: The Next Generation".

At the 0:15 mark, just after McKellen says, "... We happened to bump into each other in Los Angeles and he said this opportunity was his, and ah ...", a classic and partial mouth expression of fear is displayed on his right.

Although brief, this example is slightly longer in duration than a microexpression.

Such expressions representing low levels of fear overlap with the emotion of apprehension. Thus these subtype expressions of fear are sometimes referred to as a "Social Etiquette Fear Face" or "Apprehension-Fear Face".

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2486:  Katie Holmes on David Letterman and the "Social Etiquette Fear Face

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2552: Tom Hanks, the Real Captain Phillips and Recalling the Emotion of Fear

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2443:  Kristen Wiig's Disgust & Fear Face -  Graham Norton, Chris O'Dowd and Fly Eating

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2517:  Bashar al-Assad Fears Over-Throw if U.S. Attacks,  Body Language Tell During Charlie Rose Interview, Part II

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2274:  The Eyes & Mouth of Fear -  Body Language of Ahmed Dogan during Attempted Assassination

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2053:  Strong Signal of Fear-Sadness Anxiety - Aurora, Colorado "Batman Shooting"

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2031:  Tina Fey arriving at Alec Baldwin's Wedding,  Fear-Empathy with a (partial) Sincere Smile - Emotional Dissonance

Negotiation secret # 301: Angela Merkel's Expression of Fear