I’m glad someone has pointed the “actors are not geniuses” thing out. Very few modern actors/ actresses appear to me more than a decorative chassis able to remember lines, and as such are soon to be superseded by CGI. I recall reading that Sir John Geilgud had no idea about the Shakespeare he was acting, but he gave it some drama and hoped it worked. I reckon the intellectualising of acting and music raised the art from the more honest “artisan”. Many of our musical heroes become increasingly disappointing the more we learn about their views, and therr atre very few real geniuses – most are a case of right place, right time, right producer, can play/ sing/ dance at bit. There are equally talented folks undiscovered or around at the wrong time for their oeuvre. Furthermore, the idea that our favourite entertainers emerge out of a free market of talent has to be understood in the context of the entertainment industry, and it’s less charming side of movers and shakers, some of whom were as sexually exploitative as Weinstein, so can open out or thwart talent at it’s earliest point. Discuss.
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