Surely everyone who has studied technique is familiar with the exercise that will produce emotion regarding an event from one's own life. The 2002 documentary Broken Silence presented by Steven Spielberg is an excellent example, over and over again, of its validity. The trailer to the film is linked below. The actor's challenge is to find a way to connect to the thoughts of the character . "If I can think the thoughts of the character, I can play the character," I heard Simon Callow say.