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  1. Sylvia
    Sylvia
    (594 comments)
    February 4, 2010 at 12:51 am |

    Thanks for another fun podcast.
    Listener question:
    For the most part,I blame the writers when the core concepts and stories are not good and the actors when the performances are wooden and unbelievable.
    So I guess it depends on what type of problem I have with a show before I assign or proportion blame.
    I do think that a good actor can make poor writing and plot better by how they interpret what is in the script. IMHO, although I was a fan of many of the storylines, I think the actors rose above the material in SG1 and SGA quite a few times.
    I also think a poor actor can ruin a good script. For example, on Dollhouse, I don’t think the main actress was quite up to the concept.
    On the other hand sometimes even a terrific actor cannot save a poorly planned character.
    I adore a certain actress but even she could not make one of the SGA characters believable (to me) because of the way that character was written and behaved.
    Keep up the good work guys!

  2. Sylvia
    Sylvia
    (594 comments)
    February 4, 2010 at 12:54 am |

    which didn’t even answer your question, did it?
    So…
    about 60/40 actor/writer if the actor is good, the other way around if they aren’t.

  3. Brummie Chris
    Brummie Chris
    (4 comments)
    February 8, 2010 at 4:47 pm |

    Doesn’t it also, in part, depend on how many writers and directors you have on any one show? If each episode is written by a different writer/team of writers and every episode is directed by a different director. You’ll end up relying on the actor for “emotional continuity”, after all the actor is gonna be there week-in week-out from season to season … where as writers come and go. I’d say in a long running TV show the actor probably has more credit than in a movie. However that only carries so far if a writer decides a character is doing something different from what you might expect e.g. Sleeping with/killing another character there’s no way even there world’s best actor is emoting there way out of that one! So I’d go for an even higher 70/30 with the caveat that writer can trump actor when it comes to character departure from the expect norm.

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