During emotional acting scenes, Eddie Albert cried ''real tears''

"I know that the actor who's supposed to be dead isn't really dead. But I'm crying, anyway. Real tears."

When actors hear the word "action" while on set, they usually get into character mode because they're about to film. There are some scenes, like emotional ones, that require the talent to cry. For viewers, the waterworks are a crucial part of making the setting feel real, but what if there was an actual reason for the tears?

To an audience, it's make-believe, but to Eddie Albert, it's deeper than that. During an interview with The Press Democrat in 1966, the Green Acres star revealed how actors stay young, and it's all within the emotions viewers see in scenes.

"Actors tend to stay younger than other people," Albert began. "If this is true, and it might be, one reason is that actors have a release for their tensions. In front of the camera, I can get angry and yell and carry on in a way that would get a bank clerk booted out of his job."

He continued, saying, "Man gets rid of a lot of hostilities being an actor. And he gets paid for it. I am not at all hostile to money."

Getting rid of bottled-up hostilities wasn't the only benefit of acting for Albert. He also "cried real tears" even though the situations were unreal.

"Synthetic the emotions may be, but they seem to work. I can express sorrow, and the glands work for me," the actor revealed. "When I laugh, it comes from my toes. In a crying scene, you can bet that I'm really weeping. Not being an idiot, I know that the actor who's supposed to be dead isn't really dead. But I'm crying, anyway. Real tears."

When the interviewer, Donald Freeman, chimed in and said, "But it's make-believe," Albert said that was irrelevant.

"My own motor machinery doesn't know it. I'm expressing legitimate emotions that the rest of society must usually suppress," he said. "So they end up grinding their teeth at night..."

Albert believed that actors have many problems, but suppressing their emotions has never been one of them.

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wallyandbagfan 21 days ago
https://youtu.be/vI0jEVbz1Dg
Happy Days Bloopers.
One of the Biggest Bloopers of all time was on the Last Episode of
Happy Days when Howard Cunningham Tom Bosley said that he and Marion have had they joy of
Raising two wonderful kids instead of three wonderful kids because
Chuck Cunningham was the third
Wonderful kid. I looked on the
Internet that I found proof that
Chuck Cunningham was NOT retconned and the Happy Days storyline was NOT retconned and Chuck Cunningham vanished from
Happy Days WITH NO EXPLANATION. I checked the internet a few days ago and I found
Proof that Chuck Cunningham was not retconned and the Happy Days storyline was not retconned. One proof that Chuck Cunningham was not retconned and the Happy Days storyline was not retconned came from Garry Marshall himself. I also
Found other forms of proof that
NOTHING ON HAPPY DAYS WAS
RETCONNED. I also found proof that the writers of Happy Days
Pretended that Chuck Cunningham did not exist on Happy Days with
that Terrible Script saying 2 wonderful kids instead of 3 wonderful kids. And I know why the writers wrote that terrible script
And it had nothing to do with
the Happy Days storyline or Chuck Cunningham being retconned.
Allow my forms of proof that Chuck Cunningham disapeared from Happy Days with no explanation and Chuck Cunningham and the
Happy Days storyline were not retconned are further down the comments under this article.
And I now know why the writers
Of Happy Days changed their minds about having Chuck Cunningham RETURN TO HAPPY DAYS in 1980 and instead created the new character of Roger Phillips played by Ted McGinley and the reason that Chuck Cunningham did not return to Happy Days was because the producers of Happy Days asked
Both Gavan O 'HERLIHY and Randolph Roberts if either one of them would like to play Chuck Cunningham again in 1980 and
Both Gavan and Randolph turned down the offer to play Chuck Cunningham again. Instead of hiring
Ric Carrott or a new actor to play
Chuck Cunningham the writers created the new role of Roger Phillips (Ted McGinley) the new
Basketball coach at Jefferson High school. And writers SHOULD give.an explanation why any Recurring
Character vanishes from a TV show.
There was no explanation on why
The following TV Characters Disappeared from their TV shows
WITH NO EXPLANATION:
Gomer Pyle USMC
Cpl Boyle
Cpl Nick Cuccinelli
Sgt Whipple
Colonel Harper
Pvt Frankie Lombardi
Alice
Andy (PAT Cranshaw)
The Andy Griffith Show
Warren Ferguson
Peggy McMillan
Ellie Walker
Mary Simpson
Mayor Roy Stoner
Green Acres
Newt Kiley
Roy Trendell
Mignon the dog
Petticoat Junction
Herbie Bates
Junior Hocker
I Dream Of Jeanne
General Peterson
Happy Days
Chuck Cunningham
KC CUNNINGHAM
Flip Phillips
Eugene Belvin
Melvin Belvin
Moose
Marsha Simms
Wendy
Bag Zombroski
Sticks
Gloria
Trudy
Jill Higgins
Artie Fonzarelli
Spike Fonzarelli
Daphne
Rebel
Bruiser
Buzz
Bewitched
Aunt Clara
My FAVORITE Martian
Angela Brown
My 3 Sons
BUB
SUDSY PFEIFFER
Gunsmoke
Chester Goode
The Lone Ranger
Dan Reid
The Real McCoys
Hassle McCoy
Leave It To Beaver
Larry Mondello
Tooey Brown
Chester Anderson
Bill Scott
Welcome Back Kotter
Bambi
wallyandbagfan 22 days ago
Does Anyone out there in METV LAND KNOW WHAT " A THROW AWAY LINE
IS ON A TV SHOW?
wallyandbagfan 24 days ago
The reason that viewers of The Andy Griffith Show never saw SARAH the
Telephone Operator in Mayberry is
Because Sarah eas moonlighting as the
Hooterville Operator..
The Strange thing is that on Green Acres she is the mother of Hank Kimball in some episodes of Green Acres and she is the mother of Roy Trendell in other
Episodes of Green Acres.
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If Spike (Danny Butch) had been
invited to the wedding in the last episode of Happy Days it would have proved that Spike and Chachi
WERE not the same person.
I have a long article called Angel
Fire which might be part of Wikipedia that said that Spike and
Chachi were the same person but
I knew that wasn't true because those 2 guys had different names
M*A *S*H is one of the few TV shows to give explanations when
different characters leave TV shows. Also how did you know that the Happy Days storyline had been retconned. WHAT SEASON OF HAPPY DAYS WAS THE STORYLINE RETCONNED -was the HD storyline
Retconned starting with season 3?
I wish all TV shows would give explanations when sitcom characters are no longer on a
Sitcom like M*A*S*H did .
That way there's no guessing game
On why certain characters are no
Longer on a Sitcom.
When Ron Howard and Donny Most left Happy Days the writers said that they were in the army.
When Linda Purl was longer on Happy Days playing Ashley Pfister
the writers said that she and Fonzie broke up.
The topic of the retconning of Happy Days is "stale", "repetitive", it's been discussed to death. No offense, but not interested.

Again TV shows, whatever the show, from past to present have no need to explain every change whether it's character(s),storyline, etc....Your wishing for something that didn't and likely will never occur. It's fictional television, for entertainment purposes, The shows were not documentaries presenting factual information. Your fruitlessly wishing or looking for explanations that are not necessary to begin with.
I checked on the internet and I found out a lot of things.
Garry Marshall was very unhappy when Gavan O'Herlihy told him that he wanted to quit and leave Happy
Days.Then Garry Marshall had the writers of Happy Days write the episode called Richie Moves Out where Chuck Cunningham 2
Randolph Roberts had a very large amount of air time. After the Happy
Days episode called GUESS Who's Coming To Christmas which was the very last appearance of Chuck
Cunningham 2 Randolph Roberts the writers of Happy Days decided to not have Chuck Cunningham on Happy Days anymore and Chuck was written out of Happy Days WITH NO EXPLANATION.
In 1980 Garry Marshall and the writers of Happy Days decided to have Chuck Cunningham RETURN TO HAPPY DAYS AS THE NEW BASKETBALL COACH AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL but
Garry Marshall asked BOTH Gavan
O 'HERLIHY and Randolph Roberts if either one of them would like to return to Happy Days playing
Chuck Cunningham and Gavan and
Randolph Both turned down
Garry's offer to ay Chuck Cunningham again.So instead of hiring a new actor to play Chuck Cunningham the writers decided to create the New character of
Roger Phillips played by Ted McGinley as the new Basketball coach at Jefferson High school.
Then before filming began for
Passages Garry Marshall decided that he would try again and ask
Gavan O'Herlihy Or Randolph Roberts if either one of them would like to make a Guest Appearance playing Chuck cunningham being invited and coming to the wedding of Joanie and Chachi .
Once again Gavan O'Herlihy and Randolph Roberts turned down
Garry Marshall's offer to have
Chuck Cunningham in the last episode of Happy Days attending the wedding of Joanienand Chachi.
When Gavan and Randolph turned down Gary Marshall s offer to appear in the last episode of Happy Days this made Garry Marshall upset and mad.So he had the writers od Happy Days write that dumb line about having the joy of raising 2 wonderful kids instead of 3 wonderful kids on the last episode of Happy Days because he
Was very unhappy that neither
Gavan O'Herlihy Or Randolph Roberts wanted to make guest
Appearance on Happy Days on the last episode where Joanie and
Chachi got married.
I found out on the internet that the writers of Happy Days pretended that Chuck Cunningham never existed by writing that dumb line raising 2 wonderful kids.
Loads of persons have said that saying 2 wonderful kids was idiotic.
Garry Marshall said Ina video that we are going to just have Chuck Cunningham disapear and we are
Not going to say what happened to him .Having Chuck just disapear and we are not going to say what happened to Chuck Cunningham is not the same as a TV character
Being retconned.
Garry Marshall never said that the
Storyline on Happy Days was retconned and Garry never said
that Chuck Cunningham was retconned. Having Chuck Cunningham disapear from Happy Days and not saying what happened to him is not the same
Thing as being retconned.
Chuck Cunningham vanished from Happy Days with no explanation and Chuck Cunningham was not
Retconned on Happy Days.
And the writers of the last episode of Happy Days DID Pretend that
Chuck Cunningham never existed by deliberately writing that Dumb
Line about raising 2 wonderful kids. People all over the USA hVe complained about Chucj Cunningham disappearing from
Happy Days with no explanation.
TonyClifton 1 month ago
It's an acting technique called "sense memory." Where, during the scene, you mentally conjure up a real event in your life that has made you sad (death of a friend, a dog, death of a friend's dog, etc.) and you use that to play the scene. It's really quite therapeutic and cathartic, actually.
LoveMETV22 1 month ago
JMO: Some actors have the ability to shed real tears more easily than other actors. What's important is the believability of the emotion and how it comes across on screen. They can "cry a river", but if it doesn't translate that way in the scene "what's the point?"
hrob11 1 month ago
They are getting ride of gomer Pyle
Snickers hrob11 1 month ago
We all know someone who won't be happy to hear that news.
wallyandbagfan Snickers 25 days ago
Good News !
Moriyah can still see Gomer Pyle on
The Andy Griffith Show.
wallyandbagfan hrob11 25 days ago
Gomer Pyle can still be seen on
The Andy Griffith Show.
wallyandbagfan Snickers 25 days ago
SAD DAYS BECAUSE HAPPY DAYS AND GOMER PYLE USMC are off
Of METV. I miss the minor characters on Happy Days.
And I miss FONZIE!!AAAYYY!!
Just a guess, but Moriyah most likely has Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. on DVD. She does collect memorabilia pertaining to the show.

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A few items Moriyah has shared.
It would've been great if Moriyah had been at that meeting at Sam
Druckers General Store in Hooterville sitting next to
Newt Kiley saying in unison to
Oliver Douglas we want to go home ! We're MISSING GOMER PYLE on TV!!Then the METV promo switches
Back and Forth with scenes from
Both Green Acres and Gomer Pyle!!
Runeshaper 1 month ago
Sounds like he put his "all" into acting (-:
Andybandit 1 month ago
I didn't realize Eddie Albert cried on GA. His Character Oliver is usually a grouch
Mblack Andybandit 1 month ago
It was probably his reaction to the good people of Hootersville, who so often were at odds with how he saw the world.
Snickers 1 month ago
Don't ever remember seeing him cry but really liked him in " The Longest Day". Played beside some real big time stars in that movie, John Wayne and Richard Burton to name just a few.
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wanderer2575 Snickers 25 days ago
He played a widower nursing home resident who was still grieving over his wife's passing in a 1987 Twilight Zone episode ("Dream Me a Life"). His real-life wife had passed a few years earlier and, according to the episode's writer (J. Michael Straczynski), playing the role was very difficult for him at times. His was a spectacular performance, but I'm sure the grief and tears he expressed were real.
I have a TV TRIVIA Quiz 10 questions under the Last Name
METV Quiz.
Coldnorth Snickers 20 days ago
I’ve been to alaska. A beautiful state. I was in Anchorage to see my sister. The mountains are breathtaking
Snickers Coldnorth 19 days ago
I have fell in love with this state, most amazing scenery and wildlife.
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