If you are a young actor or need help practicing your speech, you are likely to find these 10 young male monologues helpful in the practice and development of your craft. Actors who are seeking agents should have at least one to two monologues down really well. After you memorize what's one the page, break the monologue down and really work on who this character in the monlogue really is. See which one of these resonates with where you are in your life and career.
- "Good Will Hunting"– The writing of this script was so great that it earned an Academy Award for a young Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Matt Damon also played that character of Will Hunting. A great monologue for a young man is Will's comedic and political rant that begins with, "Why shouldn’t I work for the N.S.A.?"
- "The Beach"– In this movie, the character of Richard (played be Leonardo DiCaprio) dramatically tells a story of an encounter he had when it was himself vs. a shark. He tells the story in front of an audience, and it allows actors to have many colors to the performance. Having the character in the scene be in front of an audience can help take the edge off the audition, as you can use your then-audience as people in the character's circumstances.
- "Moulin Rouge"– Christian, a dreamy-eyed, hopeless romantic, defies his father and joins the dark world of the Moulin Rouge. His monologue on love of the beautiful Satine is perfect for a young male seeking leading man parts.
- "American History X"– The character of Danny Vinyard (played in the movie by Edward Furlong) has a very impactful monologue. In a scene that takes place almost at the end of the movie. In this monologue, Danny speaks about his conclusion of racism. His eyes have been cleared of the veil of hatred. He starts off by saying, "So I guess this is where I tell you what I learned – my conclusion, right? Well, my conclusion is: Hate is baggage. Life’s too short to be pissed off all the time. It’s just not worth it."
- "The Virgin Suicides"– The young male narrator of "The Virgin Suicides" provides several strong, deep monologues for a young male. Perhaps the best one that provides the greatest depth and character exploration is the concluding monologue of the film, which in part states, "What lingered after them was not life, but the most trivial list of mundane facts: a clock ticking on a wall, a room dim at noon, and the outrageousness of a human being thinking only of herself."
- "Romeo and Juliet"– Romeo is a classic character that many young men aspire to play. There are several film version of Shakespeare's tragic, yet romantic, play, but the best Romeo monologue begins, "But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun."
- "The Hangover"– Jon Lucas wrote the hilarious screenplay to "The Hangover." A fun monologue for a young male is the "wolf pack" speech he gives to the guys.
- "The Breakfast Club"– There are several potential monologues for young males in this 1980s film that has since become a modern classic. The strongest for an audition or showcase is probably the one where Andrew, the high school jock character, explains what landed him in detention and why he's a part of this group of teens who really aren't so very different from one another.
- "Scarface"– Young men who want something darker and edgier as a monologue should consider Tony Montana's speech from "Scarface." The angry young male monologue will take going deep. While the monologue does contain profanity, it can be adjusted otherwise as needed by the age of the actor and the situation. The monologue starts, "You own nothing, you got nothing! Do you want a chivato on every corner looking after you? Watching everything you do? Everything you say, man?"
- "Xanadu"– The young, aspiring artist Sonny Malone is a dreamy-eyed young Californian who just so happens to fall in love with a mystical muse, Kira. His monologue on this love to his new, older friend Danny is a great one to practice for young men.
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