When someone is an actor on stage, whatever role he plays, you do not hold it against him. He can play the world’s most terrible villain, yet when the play is over, out of costume, he returns to being a lovable Joe, and you rejoice in him. He was on stage a little while, playing a cumbersome little-liked role. It was only a part he played for a while. He auditioned, and he got the role. A role does not last forever. Every choice has an end. A role played is never permanent. It can’t be, for plays come to an end.
The make-up comes off. No matter what dire part someone played, it was a temporary role. A villain this time can play hero next. A role is not fixed. An actor is apart from the role he plays.
You can boo the villain and cheer the…
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