It never ceases to shock (and sadden) me how prevalent in the film world this is. Film directors who have zero regard for the craft of acting, so much so that they believe they have to trick their actors into delivering honest performances. The most famous example of this distorted view, of course, was Hitchcock. No one can dispute his cinematic genius but his methods were not only cruel, they were also entirely unnecessary.
This just crossed my desk and I couldn't resist sharing it. It's from an email advert promoting a class taught by a young auteur of some note who believes he has invented a more reliable "method" for wringing realism from flesh. I've removed any names to protect the innocent.
In these workshops, the participants didn’t learn about text, goals, mise-en-scene or acting tricks. The focus was on the psychological journey of the characters through dramatic role-playing. Eventually, each actor deeply identified with his or her character as though the character was an extension of their own personality.