[quote]Many listed here are WORKING actors and actresses. They have steady careers, even if they don't make blockbuster films, are not in hit TV shows or aren't on the same fame level as Tom Cruise, most of the actors and actresses listed here are consistently working.
Do you realize that in itself is a major accomplishment? Do you realize how many men and women are trying to break into show business as actors, actresses, writers, directors etc? [quote]
Exactly. An actors level of fame in no way is a reflection of their talent. Tom Cruise for example is a movie star, but a limited actor.
Tom Hanks is a good actor who is also a movie star.
The publicist/fantasy driven People Magazine machine tells its readers that success is mass appeal.
Think of it, this is a bit like saying Campbell makes the best tomato soup in the world because its the most famous and most popular and sells the most.
Julia Roberts is an inferior actress to say, Jennifer Ehle [ I know.. who???] but Roberts has mass appeal and a record of consistent global numbers that make her bankable and this makes her a superior commodity to a stage actor who could act rings around her.
It is also simply not the ambition of every actor to be famous, some just want to work.
Most NY and Chicago stage actors fit that description, they do guest spots on Television when they can and give performances on and off Broadway that someone like Cruise or Roberts would never be capable of.
Julia Roberts did a play on Broadway in which she barely even registered. You couldn't hear her in the third row, she was stiff and uncomfortable. Everything that worked on screen worked against her in live theater.
Not to take anything away from Roberts and Cruise who are both great movie stars, but the People magazine mentality [driven by publicists] is "the better the actor, the more famous and rich the actor" and that is far from the truth.
What you are really talking about is mass appeal and some actors who have mass appeal also happen to be very good actors and some can't act their way across the street.
Getting a job, any job as an actor is an accomplishment. There are literally thousands of people who want ever single job in the NY and LA markets.
I think DL used to be smarter that is, before it gained mass appeal and attracted a larger number posters. If DL would alow anyone to start a thread when primetime is off, this would be a very interesting site again.