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Date Posted: 22:01:34 01/23/06 Mon
Author: OnM
Subject: What, me widget?
In reply to: Sunshine 's message, "Re: concerning" on 15:20:11 01/23/06 Mon

*** guess the question is exactly what the job of actor/star actually is. ***

True. And one actor may see that job very differently from another. I know that many of my customers (in the A/V business) see my job differently than I do. Some expect much more of me, and some expect much less. Depending which group I might intend to serve to their expectations, I could become either incompetent or exhausted.

*** I think some amount of interaction with the fans is legitimately part of the job. ***

No disagreement there. SMG has interacted with her fans to quite a fair degree. As fidhle notes below, she gave many interviews both in the written press and on TV shows during BtVS's time on the air.

***She is not working on an assembly line building widgets, ***

Actually, she is. See fidhle's post below, where he notes quite accurately:

"Television and film, on the other hand, usually involve doing small scenes over and over until a satisfactory take is completed, and then moving on to the next scene to be filmed, which may have little to do with what is happening in the scene just filmed. "

*** she is offering an artistic product to the public and part of her responsibilities should, in my opinion, be to sell that product. I doubt most actors or authors look forward to touring the interview shows or bookstore signings etc but there is a responsibility to promote your product. ***

This is a highly debatable point. If I am an author, it's my job to write the book. If I choose to promote it, I may do that personally, or by proxy using a agent or marketing firm. The choice is mine. Frankly, I don't owe readers a personal appearance or any other contact simply by virtue of writing the book anymore than if I am building a widget in a factory. Whether the "product" is purely practical or has an artistic component does not matter.

*** Now if I were SMG, given that pretty much everything else she has done has been crap, I would be trying to identify myself with BtVS at every opportunity. ***

This seems logical on the face of things, but stop and think-- doing such is tantamount to admitting that "everything else I've done since is crap, so forget all that and remember how good I was before."

Wouldn't you find it devastating psychologically to think that you're already washed up before you're even in your 30's? That you've only ever done one good thing in your acting career?

Actors have ups and downs over the course of their careers. I might wish SMG had chosen better material to work with post-BtVS, but I'm not her. She can choose what she wants. I just go with the flow.

BTW, Woody Allen hasn't made a memorable film in years, but the advance word on his current release is first rate, so I'm going to check it out and see. Will it be the last great film he ever directs?

He ain't dead yet. Time will tell.

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