Chekhovian center exercise: Tom Cruise in Magnolia

With the concept of Chekhovian centers in mind, watch this clip from Magnolia. Dissect Tom Cruise's character using Chekhov's techniques. Ask yourself questions. Which center is leading him? Is he pushed or pulled? What part of the body initiates movement? What imaginary forces might be acting on the body of the character? (I'm using this example because not only is the center so clear and strong, but it reflects the nature of the character so well. You'll see what I mean.)

Think about your own favorite movies/shows, find a clip of a character with a strong center and submit it. We may include it as a future post!