Excellent point Khell! Since we live private lives it's difficult to know why some actors shy away from being identified as a past character and some embrace it. I'm with you, I generally fall for the character first and the actor, maybe, maybe not. Except for a few mad crushes!
... He doesn't want to be reliving his 80's career, he doesn't want to do SMK again (or B5 again), only Tron. No reunion tours! ...
(Is it wrong to quote myself?) Hmmm... Maybe some of the unwillingness comes from memories of the pale blue pants scene in Burn Out...... Just sayin'...
(Yes--I'm acting the class clown again. But, as I've said before, I have a lot of respect for KJ and I think that she had to deal with a *lot*, being a strong and principled person--I totally understand her choice to avoid Hollyweird. I have respect for BB's acting skills and understand that it must suck to be typecast and to have your life under a microscope. [And I'll freely admit that I'm more of a fan of KJ's work than BB's work, so start aiming the flame-throwers, all you BB fans.] I'm just happy that I'm not a celebrity --> nobody's watching my every move and every word spoken with an eagle eye, hoping to find some shred of dirt--or even invent dirt where there is none... and on top of that people that can't/don't differentiate between an actor and their character. BB has a 40-year acting career, so he must be doing something right!)
Billy: "Amanda, were you killed?"
Amanda: "Uhhh... No, sir!"
Billy: "Good for you."
KC, I agree that it is sad when people can't differentiate between actor and the character(s) they portray. It does happen, unfortunately. There are some actors that I do not like, but I have enjoyed characters they portray. For me, it's not hard to keep them separate. Which is why I enjoy an actor that can make their characters so different. KJ and BB both do a good job of this, IMHO. Although we may see occasional glimpses of one character in another, they do a really good job of developing their characters. Unfortunately, I see this less and less with newer actors.
I've also learned through the years to view every story/video interview with a grain of salt. If I don't see an idea or quote consistently applied or noted, I tend to "hold it over to the side" until confirmed or not. Though, I do enjoy reading different points of view.
Debilyn, if you want to see one of the newer actors who's really, really great at developing his characters, try Tom Hiddleston. Seriously. Even if you're one of those who dislike that whole hype about him. I kinda "fell in love" with him when I first saw him in the first "Thor" movie as Loki. He was cool as Fitzgerald in "Midnight in Paris" and I saw him in Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive" last week - and he did an awesome job there, too! Really, the two main actors - Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton - are what makes that movie so fabulous (I usually don't like that kind of movie but that one's really worth a look). Plus, that guy seems to be a genuinely nice, funny, intelligent, compassionate and really awesome person.
Ahem. Sorry for the off topic here. (That's just me gushing over an actor that I like more and more the more movies/other projects I see him in ...)
Hmmm.... I had 2 physical copies of TV Guides with articles about SMK in them. Can't seem to find them. Now I have to figure out where I put them. Hmmm...
I remember those articles DMW. you were so kind to share those with us over at Yuku.. there was one big one on Kate Jackson.. and another big one on BB..BB leaning on a chair or something?? I think they are on yuku somewhere..
I actually saved them to my hard drive but haven't shared them or posted them anywhere as I didn't want to be passing them off as mine or anything - I wanted to be sure you got credit! sooo if you can't find them let me know and I can email them to you - LOL but..I am pretty sure they are on yuku somewhere!
Thanks again! they were fantastic articles!
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with watching so many youtube vidoes with all this detective work around KJ's Cloth Thread I came across one very recent vid with BB in it I wanted to share with you. What does it have to do with SMK? Actually nothing, but I think BB is really cute in this vid, still great voice and beautiful, beautiful eyes
I'm glad you added that interview, Iwsod. I've been curious about that necklace. There are some nice fics that give explanations for how Amanda got it.
I found a book about spies in real life and fiction that was published in 1986. It has sections about Lee and Amanda, although the information in them isn't complete because the book was written before the series ended.
What a find jestress!! Where did you find this? (Are you a researcher???)
"must attract a great many fantasizing housewives" ( well it still does attract fantasizing women although most of us aren't 'housewives' )
I'm not a professional researcher, just a book addict, and I know all the used book stores in the area. This one only cost me $5.
The binding is totally shot, although I might be able to re-glue it. It has a section on spy gadgetry, too. Of course, it's all 1980s and earlier technology. I wonder how much of it has been replaced by cell phones and phone apps.
That line about the "fantasizing housewives" caught my attention, too. I can't deny the "fantasizing" either, although it's a funny way of saying it since one of the themes of the show is poking fun at the housewife stereotype. They keep joking about Amanda being an ordinary housewife even though she becomes more of a working woman than a "housewife" and very little of what she does could be considered "ordinary."
I also liked the part where the author talks about Lee and Amanda's relationship and says, "Sometimes we even wish they'd get together . . ." Because the book was written before the series ended, he didn't know that eventually they do!
While I was looking at this yesterday, I actually found Whole Spy Catalog: A Resource Encyclopedia for Researchers, PI's, Spies, and Generally Nosy People which was published in 1995 and appears to be published in America (rather than the UK dt spelling in title?) but appears to be purely fact based. I saw this and this on the 2008 NSA spy catalogue which was apprently leaked in late 2013. The stuff seems much less fun (all computer hacking and similar) than the 80s TV gear . Heck, the waterproof match was more interesting...
Dotty: You could have called
Amanda: I should have
Dotty: Yeah but you didn’t
Amanda: I was tied up