Writing for Actors – 2
by Diana Black
An actor, who shall remain nameless, used to get mighty shitty when more attention was paid to the co-star by the fandom. Well, we can’t all be ethereal and have pointed ears. So the gloves would come off on set with the star demanding greater screen time and if it wasn’t given from the Directorial pulpit, it would be taken anyway with slightly longer pauses mid-dialogue and/or a strong choice in terms of action.
Such tactics have limited currency – actors are there to serve the story and the Director’s bidding; supposedly. A fine line must be tread when pulling that trick if you don’t wish to be remembered as, shall we say, unprofessional. It is really up to the Director to determine how much an egotistical ‘eyes on me’ type, can get away with; if he or she has ‘the balls’.