Since it started three weeks ago, Hollywood actors strike never stops making headlines Both for the better and for the worse. The alliance between the translators is clear, regardless of their importance in the industry and their wages, all decided to take this break in order to improve the conditions of the most disadvantaged, who make up the majority of union members, compared to the small percentage that can be considered real Hollywood stars. All? Well, not all.
The first controversy arose with exceptions that the union grants to several independent studio shoots, some of them have great stars like Paul Rudd or Jenna Ortega. Voices such as Sarah Silverman and Viola Davis criticized these permissions and directly targeted their main characters as scabs as many of these “independent” films are destined to be content-hungry streaming platforms. after months of blockade, which would no doubt mean a strike.
But Stephen Amell, protagonist of the DC series Arrow., went further. Amell was the first translator to speak directly against the strike, although he later corrected his words in the face of the avalanche of negative comments received.
Speaking at the GalaxyCon event in Raleigh, North Carolina over the weekend, Stephen Amell spoke about the strike, saying, “I feel isolated in Hollywood because I live there. I feel like a lot of people in this room don’t know about the strike… I support my union, yes, and I’m with them, but I don’t support the strike. No.he added, “I think this is a reductionist negotiating tactic and I find the whole thing incredibly frustrating.. I think the mindset when it comes to a show like this show that premiered last night (Heels) is short-sighted, but I stand by my alliance.”
That is, I support my union, I do not support the strike that my union promotes to fight for my rights. Something like that. And, of course, he was attacked by the Internet and the film industry, which caused Amell had to “clarify” his words. in a lengthy Instagram post “to make sure there are no misunderstandings about my thoughts and intentions” and “so that my feelings are not inadvertently misinterpreted because we all know that audio breaks can be taken out of context“I don’t know, Rick…
“I basically understand why we are here. Of course, I don’t like strikes. Nobody likes it. But we must do what we must. (…) There’s nothing funny about a strike, but if you’ll let me chat a little… I have no idea what he meant to say here (stating that the treatment of his series is “short-sighted”), but perhaps it was a shout out to our team and actors who mean the world to me. I’m just sad that we don’t have the opportunity to celebrate the show that all of us, figuratively speaking, and I literally broke our backs for.”
After explaining and “putting into context” (can’t stop quoting) his statements yesterday, Amell ended his last defense statement by appealing to his innocence: “This situation reminds me of the proverb “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”which, after reading a limited number of comments, seems to be a place that many of you would like me to visit. However, for the foreseeable future at least, I prefer to support the union. When you see me at the picket, please don’t throw fruit at me..”
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