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In writer/director Cory Finley's Thoroughbreds, Olivia Cooke's Amanda -- a girl who has come to the realization she doesn't have emotions -- reveals that there is a special method you can use to fake cry. Described as "The Technique," she discusses it with her friend Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy), and notes that the key is basically choking yourself from the inside. This may sound weird and far-fetched... and that's because it is. In fact, Taylor-Joy recently revealed the true story to me in an interview:
I had the pleasure of hopping on the phone with Anya Taylor-Joy and Olivia Cooke earlier this month for a chat about their work on Thoroughbreds, and I broached the subject of The Technique. I was curious about its reality, and whether or not it actually works, and this spurred Taylor-Joy to explain the backstory. Apparently this is Cory Finley's sly way of mocking some jerks he used to act with -- which is a funny little thing to know while watching the film.
Speaking of which you can actually watch The Technique scene in the clip below from Thoroughbreds:
As you can see in the clip, it's Olivia Cooke who is the one really performing The Technique in Thoroughbreds -- but she also dispelled its reality. She told me that she can't actually cry on cue (she didn't tell me exactly how she performed the scene though), but did tell me her experience with what she found in Cory Finley's script:
In other words, not only is this not a shortcut that will make you a better actor, but it also doesn't sound like it's all that safe. The more you know!