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6th-May-2009 01:43 pm
slanty, martha
From a discussion at lunch today.

"You know, Arnold Schwarzenegger is a surprisingly good actor, as long as he stays within his range. When he's either playing Terminator-style characters, or doing comedy, he's really very good. But when he does anything else, he's terrible."

"Yeah, I know what you mean. I saw him trying to play the Governer of California, and he was terrible; totally unconvincing in the role".

"Well, he has a narrow range; it's the casting that was bad, not the actor; blame the casting director".

"I guess that's what happens when the casting director's job is done by committee"
6th-May-2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
Wow. I had more or less the same conversation a couple of years back when he first became Governor. I think geek minds think alike.
7th-May-2009 01:12 am (UTC)
I think it's a little unfair to blame the casting. I mean, how many people could play the role well? Pretty much everyone who auditioned was going to have problems, and historically speaking, even people who auditioned well and looked OK in rehearsals had trouble once they opened.

Maybe it's the director; maybe it's the supporting cast, who aren't particularly generous costars. But really, I feel like the best you can do with the role is make it through and put it on your resume when you audition for something better.
7th-May-2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
The track record in the big time of the person who has gone from this regional-theater role to an appearance on the national stage, while he got rave reviews from some, makes me worry about the advice about auditioning for something better. Even more so, someone was once so distraught after not getting the role that he made the claim that he was going to quit acting. He didn't, and landed a big part, but he did such a lousy job that he didn't even play out his contract. In this case, there are casting rules that prohibit Schwarzenegger from even auditioning for that part.

I do blame the casting directors: while it's such a tough role that everyone gets at best mixed reviews, I think they could have made other choices that would have worked out better. But if you fire the casting committee, who are you going to get to do the job instead? Hiring anyone else would be a total disaster, so we're stuck with this committee, even if they do a bad job sometimes.
7th-May-2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Hey now; don't forget Earl Warren, who did just fine in his post-gubernatorial role. And Schwarzenegger apparently expressed some pretty adamant opinions about not looking for more roles of the sort. (From the NYT: "...indeed the mere mention of the [role of Senator] in an interview here seemed almost to offend him.")
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