Getting into Character
Arifin Putra seems to have the type of happy-go-lucky personality that doesn’t take anything too seriously. But it turns out that this German-indonesian actor is entirely dedicated to his craft
While getting ready for his photo shoot, arifin Putra is all fun and games, whether he is addressing someone in his playful posh British accent or cracking jokes. Because of his goofy, lighthearted demeanour, it seems at first that The Raid 2: Berandal star has the type of happy-golucky personality that doesn’t take anything too seriously. But during our interview with him, it soon becomes clear that this germanindonesian actor takes his craft very seriously indeed.
arifin first garnered attention for his portrayal of daniel in the television series Kisah Kasih di Sekolah ( high School love Story) in 2004. he then took acting classes at Sakti aktor Studio, known for producing stars like daniel Mananta and Marcella Zalianty. after seven years of tv acting, he made his feature film debut in Lost in Love in 2008. arifin has continued to star on the silver screen ever since.
his latest feature, Supernova, is based on the best-selling novel by dewi lestari. “there were definitely new challenges for me in making this movie,” confesses arifin. “First of all, it’s a novel adaptation, which i’ve never done before. the hardest part is to do justice to the book. i’ve been a fan of the author for some time now, so it was important to me to stay true to her work. a lot of times when i see a movie adaptation of a book, i think: ‘this isn’t how i imagined it.’ On set, the book was basically our bible. no matter how i or the director thought a scene should play out, we always went back to the book.
“i’m a perfectionist, a bit OCD to be honest. this time around, i started off reading the book, of course. i read it through a couple of times, the second time focusing more on the character i was going to play. normally, i like to prepare a lot. What i like to do is create a scene board, where i have a brief summary of each scene i’m in. i write down the character’s motivation, his characterisation - how he grew up, where he grew up, his family. also, i like to create a music playlist for myself. it helps me get into character. For this particular movie, i listened to a lot of Mozart and Pavarotti. there was one movie i did before where i played a cannibal - so i listened to a lot of Marilyn Manson!
“if you’re a serious actor, you really have to dive deep into the character’s psyche and understand completely how he lives. no matter how good you are at acting, there’s always a little bit of you in there, though. i try to live in the character as much as possible. i usually start my preparation at home. as i get myself ready in the morning, i am already starting to get into the zone. On my way to the set i listen to my playlists, read the characterisation, study the script once again. also, when i’m on location, i talk to people and respond to them as my character.
“Becoming an actor has proven to me that nothing is impossible. For example, when i was born, i couldn’t move my left arm at all because of complications at birth. the doctor had told my mother that there was less than a 50 percent chance that i would be able to fully move my arm unless i did physiotherapy. yet, voila, last year i came out with a movie where i had to do martial arts! if you were to ask me if i could do a martial arts movie when i was five, i would’ve asked: ‘are you crazy?’ But i did it! When you’re a little kid, everyone tells you that you can be anything you want to be, whether it’s a doctor, a fireman, an astronaut, anything. as an actor, you can truly live out any dream that you’ve ever had.”
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