When did acting become channeling?

4 May

I was reading the most recent issue of AARP magazine (yes, I’m that old) and came across these words on page 10:

“HE STARRED IN The Wire, Treme and Selma, but channeling Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas (…)

No big deal until I came to page 11 where I read:

“Cheadle Channels Miles Davis”

On the same page:

“Michael Shanon channels the King.”

On page 63:

“Spacek channels Lynn,”

This raises a question (besides doesn’t the editor actually read this thing?): When did acting become “channeling?”

Apparently some people take this very seriously:

 

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