... and we're being scammed into thinking it's acting, there's no performance that can impress us, only the illusion of performance.
Once you know it's real, you can't admire the acting. You could admire the nerve of the performers to go through the ordeal, but only if they chose to do it that way. Were they paid enough? Did they willingly submit to whatever surprises the filmmaker had in store for them? Did they know there were limits to what would be imposed on them? What power did they have to draw the line?
What if you knew that the actress in a rape scene had no idea what the scene would be and a willing actor was directed to rape her on the set? Assume that afterwards, she was convinced that it worked to produce what looks like a great acting performance, for which she might receive an Oscar, and she was persuaded to keep the director's methodology secret. But the truth slipped out somehow. Would you refuse to see the movie because of the way it was made? If others chose to see it, would you denounce them as moral cretins?
What did Alfred Hitchcock do to Tippi Hedren to produce the footage that became the movie "The Birds"?
Should an actor get drunk to play drunk?
Do we prefer to watch love scenes with actors who really love each other or actors who have to act like they love someone they hate?
Did Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fall in love because they got so deeply into the roles they were playing in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and never found their way back to their previous personas?
If an actor stays in character for months — on set and off — is that acting or something like madness?
Are very young children playing movie roles undeserving of acting credit because their performances arise out of their childish inability to distinguish fantasy from reality?
What do they say to little child actors to make them cry and emote?
Were animals harmed in the making of that movie?