There’s an old TAPA post about wrangling extras that still gets comments from time to time, because it has some unflattering things to say about background actors.
Extras are basically untalented actors… They tend to not listen to instruction, dawdle, or just plain wander off. If you’ve ever been a camp counselor or grade school teacher, you’ll know what it’s like.
That TAPA later amended his statements:
I’m kidding about those prejudices. I’ve met plenty of nice, intelligent, talented background actors and stand-ins. Most of them are, in fact, aspiring actors, but I’m an aspiring writer, so I probably shouldn’t be throwing stones at aspiring glass houses.
Still, Anonymous SAG Member wrote:
The way you view background can only mean that you are that lowly dirtbag pa that gets paid less than union background and treats them like crap. If you ever work with me watch out ill file a grievance with SAG and the DGA and talk to your bosses. I’ve gotten a few production assistant’s- untalented “go-fers” kicked off sets.
Wow. Even ignoring the poor grammar, methinks she doth protest too much. I mean, who brags about getting someone kicked off set?
Still, I wanted to say something nice to balance out the karmic scales, which is why I wrote yesterday’s post about the challenges of making it as an actor.
And then regular commenter Nola Trash Talk wrote—