Just because you play a hitman in a movie doesn’t mean you’re a gangster. Just because you appear as a king onstage doesn’t mean you’re royalty. Just because your avatar is rockstar cool and moviestar gorgeous doesn’t mean you’re not an insect-like alien. You could be anything behind that mask and under that makeup; a sentient fieldmouse, a test monkey hooked up to a million wires, a disembodied spirit looking for a physical experience, the captain of a starship under the influence of an alien probe, or all of the above. Just because you play a character onstage doesn’t mean you even have an offstage character. It’s just an assumption being made by your onstage character of the moment, and the only way to test it is to keep ripping off mask after mask, digging down through all false characters until you discover your original face — assuming you have one.
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