Entertainment Movies Ron Perlman Says Acting Is 'Intimate' Like Sex: 'You're Hoping You're Satisfying' Ron Perlman talked about his craft during his latest press tour for How I Got There, in which he plays an American mercenary By Melissa Montoya Published on December 9, 2022 01:22 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic For Ron Perlman, acting is like sex. Perlman, who was in Saudi Arabia for a screening of his latest movie How I Got There, spoke about his craft during a chat with Variety. "Acting's a very intimate form of discovery. It's something that happens in stages. First, you read it, to try to understand the world you're entering into, and your place in that world, then you give your interpretation of it," the 72-year-old said. "You're being watched by a filmmaker who has the whole thing in his mind. It's almost like sex." Ron Perlman Turns 70 with New Girlfriend by His Side After Splitting from Wife of 38 Years Perlman added that he hopes he's satisfying the audience with his performance, explaining: "It's very intimate, and it's very, very personal." RELATED VIDEO: Director Guillermo del Toro Attends 'Pinocchio' Premiere One Day After His Mother's Death During the interview with Variety, Perlman also said he thinks going to the movie theater and sitting among 3,000 strangers is a transformative experience. "My kids, who only know streaming, don't know what they're missing," he said. "The advent of people not leaving their homes to get their culture is taking away one of the great dimensions of the way we get our culture. You should leave your f---ing house." "That's basically one of the essential strengths of cinema, to experience our commonality," Perlman expressed. Ron Perlman Marries Fiancée Allison Dunbar in Italy: 'Spring Has Indeed Sprung' Perlman plays the role of The Merc in the film, which is written and directed by Zeyad Alhusaini. The actor married his StartUp costar Allison Dunbar, 49, in June during an Italian getaway. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. The two met when they filmed the show and were first pictured together in May 2019. Perlman was spotted with Dunbar five days after the date he cited for his separation from estranged wife Opal Stone. Perlman and his ex-wife had been married for 38 years when he filed for divorce in November 2019, almost six months after he had been pictured with Dunbar.