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Emma Thompson attacks young actors who 'can’t act' and only get cast due to social media following

The Telegraph
6 May 2016

EXCERPT:

Actress Emma Thompson has said she thinks the trend of movie studios hiring young stars because of their social media following is a "disaster".

She was speaking after greeting the Prince of Wales at a royal reception for British Academy Award winners.

The event, hosted by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at St James's Palace, saw Thompson sing: "It's you! You look gorgeous."

She said that one of the things that "really worries" her about social media is "we're casting actors who have big followings so the studios can use their followings to sell their movie".

She added: "The actors are becoming attached in the sort of business way to their social media profiles, and I think that's a disaster."

The 57-year-old actress has picked up two Oscars - a best actress gong for Howards End and best adapted screenplay for Sense And Sensibility.

Meanwhile, Dame Judi expressed concern about the lack of funds available to train young actors.

She said: "I think it's worrying that training is so expensive. I must have, I don't know how many letters a week from young actors wanting to get to drama school and not having the money to get them through."

Despite seven nominations, Dame Judi has only won one Academy Award - she was named best supporting actress for her eight-minute role as Elizabeth I in Shakespeare In Love.

She said she thought the event was "wonderful", adding that when she won her Oscar she did not have the chance to meet the other winners in the same year.

Asked about the secret to her success and that of other British talent, she joked: "It's called good luck.

"We have good training and we've got incredible young people who are trained in everything, they can dance and sing and act on the stage."

Sir Michael also raised concerns about the generation of young actors coming through the ranks.

He said: "These days they just say I'm going to be an actor because I want to be rich and famous. And then they do a little part on television and everyone knows who they are. They can't really act.

"I knew I wasn't going to be rich, I knew I wasn't going to be famous, I knew I wasn't going to be a movie star, I just wanted to be a good actor, that's all."

SOURCE: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/05/emma-thompson-attacks-young-actors-who-cant-act-and-only-get-cas/


 

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