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The Sitcom Sultan

Kelsey Grammer keeps riding the wave looking for ways to please his audience through TV, film and stage
Marshall Fine
From the Print Edition:
Kelsey Grammer, January/February 2013

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If anything, he says, he gets even more satisfaction from acting now than he did as a young man. Age brings experience, if not wisdom, to draw upon when you’re on the stage or in front of a camera, in ways the younger Kelsey Grammer could only imagine.

“That audience is a living, breathing thing,” he says. “And it’s about them. When you go through acting school, they tell you, ‘It’s not about the audience—it’s about you and the character.’ That sounds a lot like masturbation to me. It’s not art unless someone looks at it. You must attend to the audience or it will bite you. But it’s wonderful to live in that moment. When I was on Broadway, for three hours every day, it was a pretty nice way to make a living.

“With practice comes an ease about acting. I love the human experience and I love exploring it through the human imagination. What’s great about acting is that the canvas is your imagination. If you’ve got a good imagination and you’re a good observer, you can do anything. It just requires trust—and the willingness to surrender to the kid in you.”

Contributing editor Marshall Fine writes about movies and entertainment on his website,

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