Who wouldn't make it now?

  • Sally Beaumont

    Actor

    Here's a question: who, of the many great actors of the last few generations, wouldn't stand a chance in today's acting profession?

    I thought it'd be an interesting topic to discuss how the business has changed and the sort of actors it's producing (or not).

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  • Richard Lord

    Actor

    Hey Sally ! I think I know where you're coming from on this one! I would suggest that David Jason and John Thaw's talents would stand a good chance of getting overlooked in today's climate!

    • 16th Oct 2008
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    John Wayne

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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    i don't reckon Wendy Richard would make it now, she is very talented and a lovely personality. but the way she made it initially, just wouldn't work these days.

    • 16th Oct 2008
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  • Richard Lord

    Actor

    Oh go on! Don't leave it at that! How DID Wendy Richards make it then? Also, do you not find it interesting that every EX-Eastenders actor/actress hasn't got a nice word to say about her?

    • 16th Oct 2008
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  • Nathan Head

    Actor

    really? whenever i have seen her on chatshows she has always seemed a lovely lovely woman.

    • 17th Oct 2008
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  • Dave Bibby

    Actor

    It goes without saying that this industry is crowded. But I still believe that if you have the genuine talent you will make it.... eventually.

    Take David Jason, mentioned above, he plugged away for years and was over-looked many times but he had the drive and talent to make it in the end.

    I've just read this back and realised what an unduly serious answer to a genuinely playful question. I've changed my mind... erm... Bob Hoskins?

    • 17th Oct 2008
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  • Tammy Heath nee Wakefield

    Actor

    Amanda Holden

    • 17th Oct 2008
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  • Richard Lord

    Actor

    Nah! She'd just sleep with someone else!

    • 17th Oct 2008
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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Guys,

    perhaps its best not to make too personal comments about other performers. Its just tacky.

    :)

    • 17th Oct 2008
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    Its not tacky its just true!

    Ive always wondered how i would do 50 years ago.

    • 17th Oct 2008
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  • Blake J Askew

    Actor

    Not those comments- the ones that just get a bit personal.

    • 17th Oct 2008
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  • Al Gregg

    Actor

    Roger Moore

    • 17th Oct 2008
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    Nicholas Parsons

    • 18th Oct 2008
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    Bruce Forsythe

    • 18th Oct 2008
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  • Hugh Osborne

    Actor

    There's something about this topic that's making me a little bit po-faced. But I'd have thought both Roger Moore and Nicholas Parsons, as the good-looking juves they were, would stand a very good chance in today's marketplace: lots of BBC Classic serials etc etc. As for Brucie: the man can sing, dance, play multiple musical instruments and knows how to work an audience (his enslavement, in his twilight years to the autocue notwithstanding - but he is VERY old now). At the very least he'd have been currently wowing them at the Watermill, Newbury, in one of their actor-musician extravaganzas...

    And apart from anything else, as it's actually MUCH easier to call oneself an actor now since Maggie so thoughtfully outlawed Equity's closed shop system,perhaps the REAL question might be the obverse of the one actually posted: 'Do I think I would have made it had I had my chance x many-odd years ago when it was much harder to get an Equity card'.

    Hx

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  • Alan Wales

    Actor

    Oliver Hardy. Sydney Greenstreet. Klaus Kinski would also struggle a bit I think.

    And as for Sid James...

    • 18th Oct 2008
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    What a sad profession this is, or is it the typical British reaction to success?

    How pathetic.

    • 18th Oct 2008
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    Did I say I didn't like or appreciate Bruce??

    No, I don't think I did. The question was asked, I answered.

    Bruce is very talented. But Would he have made it now. I don't think he would. Very often, talent gets over looked for a pretty face. Keaunu Reeves, Brad Pitt, Girls Aloud. Do I need to go on?

    And to answer another comment, it's not jealousy of success, more like a bit of cynicism of the industry.

    It's a shame that we can't have a light hearted chat on here without some people getting on a high horse and calling for a closed shop again. It's over, get over it.

    • 18th Oct 2008
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  • Alan Wales

    Actor

    Robin Askwith. Norman Wisdom (he'd end up playing Lee Evans' dad). Lee Van Cleef. Charles Hawtrey. Lewis Collins. Peter Lorre.

    John Wayne would end up playing the back end of a panto horse.

    Lighten up people!

    • 18th Oct 2008
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