For the success of the movie and the thrill of shooting a scene, energy among the characters are vital. Well, this chemistry is actually supposed to be the overlap between the character and their actual selves, and put away their differences. Actors should go beyond what’s expected of them (creatively out of the ordinary) and make the scene alive. All this should be determined during auditions, where the performers are asked to have a random conversation out of script, mix matching scenes and roles to get to the talent and so that skill to be most visible. It is at this point where the characters get to find how most flexible they are.
Professionally speaking, you can get to see that some actors would fake the chemistry and make a terrific scene. I wouldn’t disagree more to this as long as the expected results have been achieved.
An actor should have an objective for a particular scene, and answer the questions “what’s my role for this scene”, “How do I engage my colleagues into a particular scene” and “What do I believe in as a character”. The complexity of a scene and the script in general, would require the actors to have chemistry from character to character, as well with their directors.
The writers and producers depend on the chemistry and limits of a single character to develop a scene and make the film take a dynamic turn all depending on how they interact and are able to display an emotional moment realistically. Well it’s said that “Actors bring the words to life”.
In short, a performer should find an emotion of some kind that’ll make the scene more realistic. This can arise from an attraction of some kind or dislike that’ll create a spark for a duel. An actor’s dedication to the film’s plot and prioritizing the script helps in faking chemistry where it’s not existent. For example, the film co-stars of “Romeo and Juliet”, Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes, couldn’t stand each other.
In the end, you want to view acting as a partnership or teamwork between the cast and their management, where everyone plays a role in achieving perfection. The chemistry is a vital aspect that makes the characters spectacular and the film a success. Even if the characters cannot stand each other, they’re still able to pull off an exceptional scene by being on the same page.