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Tuesday, July 06, 2004



Fear.

Actors and soldiers know that fear is an integral part of life - you can't get rid of it, from that knot in your stomach, so "gut-wrenching", so physical, so irrational. The best you can do is suffer through it with your limbs and innards, and not let it control your nervous system too completely - so you don't shake uncontrollably when you have to pull the trigger or say your dramatic monologue.

Some people take drugs or drench themselves in alcohol to overcome the physical irrational effects of fear. Others just get used to the feeling and are not too disoriented when it strikes them. To each his own nervous constitution - and suffering.





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