by maryann johanson, liberal movie person
Mon Feb 08 2016, 02:48pm | 2 comments
Do you think maybe this goes against your thoughts on why Britain is producing so many good actors? If they’re all privately educated and therefore (I assume) come from wealth, doesn’t that by itself provide a safety net that lets them pursue risky artistic careers, even before factoring in the benefits of nationalized health care?
Britain is changing for the worse in recent decades (followed the US’s lead), so I think there’s both things at work. As the linked article notes, it wasn’t always posh boys in the past: there used to be way more actors who came from the working class. It’s the younger generation that is dominated by the rich. But it’s still easier for someone not rich to try to live as a starving artist in the UK than in the US.
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