The work of every actor has a harmful affect on his body. The thing is, in order to paralyze harm as much as possible, one must limit and master those same capabilities which are most impressive and without which it is impossible to perform on stage. See more
It's a moral disease, specifically that of an actor or artist, theatrical or artistic. This disease exists in Stanislavsky, Kachalov, Moskvin, but they - knowingly and instinctively - firstly understood and fought against it, then took advantage of it. Again, those who consciously and instinctively struggle to have the right means to counter the poison of this disease and will always carry that with them. What is it?
I'll try to define it as precisely as I can, taking responsibility for my every word: overestimation of one's artistic capabilities.
It's not a hereditary disease, but rather an acquired one, but rooted in heredity. It's a very clingy disease. It's mostly a disease of artistic people. It's very easy to catch. It develops easily and it's hard to cure if you don't stop it in time. It's a disease that turns into mania, breeds false expectations, hostile feelings and, in the end, it leads to a sad loneliness.
In these times, everything one does is so noticeable that even dying is tactless. One’s death attracts too much attention--it distracts people from their other concerns.