One of the most important lessons an actor needs to learn (and as importantly a director), is that everyone is the hero and star of their own story.
So I’m watching “Final Mission” and its pretty good, but poor Wil Wheaton. They give him these asshole lines and these petulant lines* and he mostly pulls it off. But a lot of the time he’ll go right up to an actor and look them right in the face and say the asshole lines. NOBODY DOES THAT unless you fully intend to make your point that you are a colossal dick and you don’t care if someone knows it…You are your own person, who is inside his head (like almost everyone) 90% of the time.
*And thats FINE if Wesley is a dick. But you come off as more rounded and more ‘right to yourself’ if you throw your lines away from the actor and only make eye contact when you want to emphasize something.
Patrick Stewart definitely gets it. And the guest actor (mining shuttle captain) really got it.
Poor Wesley. They just sabotaged him from day one with that 'gawrsh! Persona"
But I’m not bagging on Wil. He really hit most of the beats in Final Mission but could have used more direction.