The True Face

John Leguizamo as Jed in 'Rage'

In NYC last September, early one jetlagged morning, I found myself musing over an extremely interesting conversation held a few days previously in London with Sandy Nairne, (director of the National Portrait Gallery). It concerned the nature of ‘truth’ in portraiture of actors. Is the ‘real’ portrait of the actor when he or she is caught unawares, perhaps even vulnerable, and therefore un-masked? Continue reading