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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Robert Redford apparently now thinks he wrote All the President's Men.

Quite a few actors seem to have a habit of convincing themselves that they wrote or improvised stuff they didn't. I wonder why?

Is it because in order to act, they have to convince themselves that they're not a character saying lines, they're a real person saying all that stuff in a real situation? Therefore how could someone have written anything?

Or is it because movie stars just have big heads? (This is an objective fact. Robert Redford has a gigantic head.)


A reasonably big time comedy writing duo told me how at the height of their biggest hit, one of the actors gave an interview in which she pretty much claimed she created the character, plots, gags, etc.

Next read through, they just dished out 40 odd blank pages and told her to get on with it.

She didn't say that again.

By Blogger Matthew Hurst, at 11:22 AM  

I wonder if that sort of thing really happens, or only in writers' heads?

On the other I can imagine giving an irksome actor lines that were impossible to deliver well, and weren't funny. When a major league player is trying to throw a game, he doesn't have to drop the ball. He can just run a little slower, and throw a little later. It's so hard to write a great line of comedy...

By Blogger Alex Epstein, at 3:22 PM  

Ok, it wasn't good that I laughed out loud at that last line about Redford's head.

Over this weekend I ran into an actor who had just finished editing together some of his varied work on dvd.

We spoke briefly about me wanting to do a project but was turned off by actra's demands. He said "oh, there's a way u can get actra people on ur project without paying upfront", intrigued I said "go on..." he said "the producer gets 45% and the actors get 55% of the film profit!"

This is why actors think they're the shiligit. You bust your bum to get your film together, script, equipment, locations, money, crew and the talent expects to take the lion's share...

By Blogger JamaicanInToronto, at 1:16 AM  

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