re: How do you know when someone's faking an injury?

Broadwaygirl22 Profile Photo
Leading Actor
There's this girl at my theatre camp who supposedly has an injury and couldn't do a stage combat scene that she and her partner had to make up. Later on at lunch she was doing some of the fake punches that our stage combat teacher taught us. Now that makes me wonder, does she really have an injury? I don't really know what kind of injury she supposedly has but if it's that bad that you can't work on a fighting scene for class, then you shouldn't try any punches afterwards. There was also this kid in the class who had a burn on his arm, but he was still able to do the fake fights and whatnot. Have you ever experienced something like this? If so, let me know.

Sorry I posted this here, I didn't realize it wasn't the off-topic board.
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Updated On: 7/23/05 at 06:15 PM
Broadway Star
Depending on the injury, try doing something innocent like throwing them something to catch (if their 'injury' is such that they shouldn't be able to catch it). Don't throw a baseball or anything, just something small like keys. Something small that can be dropped. If they catch them easily, they could be either faking the extremity of the injury or the injury itself. If they try but don't catch it b/c of the pain, they are injured. If they don't even try, you don't really know.

Try suprising them with something innocent and NOT MALICIOUS like that. Just a small way to tell if they really are hurt or not. Make sure it's not obvious that you are just trying to test them out, though. Be subtle.
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Try smacking them upside the head. If they are truly hurt, they will start convulsing....

Maybe a little foam from the mouth.
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Broadway Legend
Try leaving her alone. If she doesn't want to do it that is up to her. Try concentrating on yourself and your craft.
Broadway Legend
Chita's advice seems the most apt to me. But in more urgent situations, ask them how they got hurt. If their story is inconsistent with the injury, or just inconsistent in general, you either have a faker or someone who's embarrassed about the origin of their injury.

But chita's right here- it's not up to you to reveal the possible fakery in this situation. Not to mention that the injury could possibly be of a type that affects moves other than punches.