Laurence Olivier in 1930. Where some actors fell by the wayside he rolled on, armoured with self-love and self-belief. "He wanted to be loved, and admired. He wanted applause," David Thomson writes of the star in Why Acting Matters. Photo: Corbis

Book review: Why Acting Matters by David Thomson

Screen and stage writer David Thomson’s densely packed treatise is a compelling examination of the elusive art form

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Laurence Olivier in 1930. Where some actors fell by the wayside he rolled on, armoured with self-love and self-belief. "He wanted to be loved, and admired. He wanted applause," David Thomson writes of the star in Why Acting Matters. Photo: Corbis
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