Argentine actor Leandro Taub recently played the poet in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s film Endless Poetry (Poesia sin fin).
Beyond his deeper understanding and feelings of connecting into his new film, Woodwind and now in terms of his practical application, the detailed method actor talks about how he prepared for the role of Bonifaz.
“For Poesia sin fin and Woodwind I did a similar thing: study by heart the script, then play with the emotions, making everything true. Then with complete enthusiasm and curiosity, I get my hands dirty on the ground,” said Taub.
He travels around the world for his roles and art work, mostly moving between Argentina, Germany or even Israel. With such a busy schedule, Taub underlines how he succeeds beyond the fun of acting.
“It is about the hours. It is about time. If you do something for one hour you get some result. If you do it for 10 hours you get another result. If you do it for 100 hours you get another result. 1000 hours – that’s probably better than before,” concluded Taub.
On the surface, becoming Bonifaz might seem like a radical transformation. However years ago, Taub had lived in India for six months. His time learning Indian culture made it easier for him to adapt to the conditions on location and understand the deeper workings of the character.
Taub talks about how everything is different in India.
“There is something unique in India, their relationship with the material world and their connection with the spiritual world. They have different values than the western countries. External and internal values. And this is reflected in a completely different way to how the westerner understands reality,” said Taub.
“What normally can upset you, may be the reason why they are laughing, singing and dancing. What is important for you, may be something that is not even present in their minds. And what you don’t care about, can be very important to them. To have within you the gift of life, to live (like this) is wonderful.
“There is so much to learn in India. Imagine yourself driving your car in a highway, and there are cows sleeping on this road. You have to take care of them, of course. Don’t try to take them out. Respect them. It is their place. You should drive carefully and enjoy the view. The cows are enjoying seeing you driving,” said Taub.
The story of Woodwind follows Bonifaz from the west to the east, to India. Of course in India there’s locals who mimic western culture too, and this is a paradox that the movie also explores with a sense of irony with the progression and regression of artistic values.