Sympathy

No character is automaticaly sympathetic. Sympathy has to be earned, as in Chaplin's Dog , and the all too good Hero. Self-pity will kill the audiences sympathy for a character. There is no bigger turn-off on the stage. Avoid self-pity at all costs, except when playing a ridiculous character in a broad comedy!

"Sympathy for the Devil..."

- The Rolling Stones

Glossary
Jonathan Paul Cook 2010