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This is Episode 1 of The Story of an American Actor, a self-study listening and speaking Interactive Story course for intermediate level English language learners. Just listen to the story and answer the questions aloud.
Episode 1 – The Story of an America Actor
Marlon Brando was an actor. He was a great actor. Some people say he was the greatest actor of the twentieth century. Which actors do you like? Do you think stage acting and film acting are very different?
Stage and film acting are different in some ways. When an actor is making a film, he can do it again if he makes a mistake. On stage in front of an audience, the situation is different. If he makes a mistake in front of an audience, everybody will see it. An actor in a theatre has to get it right first time every time. Do you think it’s difficult to get it right first time every time?
Let’s listen to the story of an American actor but first I am going to name some actors. If you know the name of the actor, say “I have heard of him” or “I have heard of her”. If you don’t know the name of the actor, say, “I have never heard of him” or “I have never heard of her.
Are you ready?
Now let’s listen to the story of an American actor. See if you can guess who it is.