Capturing actors acting. photographs by Howard Schatz Photographer Howard Schatz had an idea: photograph actors in a series of roles and dramatic situations to reveal the essence of their characters. Such is the premise behind Schatz's book, In Character: Actors Acting (Bulfinch), which captures some of Hollywood's most emotive stars in the act of, well, making faces. Ranging from Martin Landau (playing a husband at his 50th-wedding-anniversary party) to Natasha Richardson (pretending to be a rock star on the way to her high-school reunion) to Rosie Perez, the ensemble in Schatz's photographssome of which are showcased here on VF.comillustrate the extraordinary power of pure and spontaneous imagination. Enjoy the show. JESSICA FLINT MARTIN LANDAU You are a man: 1. Seeing a shooting on your quiet, tree-shaded block in Brooklyn. 2. Hearing the speeches at your 50th-wedding-anniversary party. CHARLES S. DUTTON You are: 1. A salesman back from a long road trip being welcomed by your wife in a particularly intimate way. 2. A small-business owner just realizing that your brother-in-law has been pocketing the profits. 3. A gambling addict, deep in debt to a ruthless bookie, urging your horse to pass the leader down the homestretch. RICHARD DREYFUSS You are responding to a very dirty joke. ELLEN BURSTYN You are: 1. A fiftysomething veteran middle manager learning that a merger will cost you your job. 2. A high-school drama teacher watching the Academy Awards, hearing your name mentioned by an Oscar winner. 3. A woman scorned. DON CHEADLE You are a man at a bar: 1. Overhearing another man telling his friend about your wife. 2. Realizing the conversation is actually about your sister-in-law.