10 November, 2005

Joss stick

Actor David Boreanaz is in a new forensic drama coming to Sky One called Bones by Hart Hanson. I felt the pilot tried too hard and the title character was a bit superhuman but it's an OK watch. Doesn't compare with the writing on Buffy or Angel from showrunner Joss Whedon of course but Boreanaz is chuffed:

"As Booth, Boreanaz gets to play around with his lines, which is a big change from his "Buffy" and "Angel" days.
"That became very frustrating," he says. "For an actor to be able to create and also have a sense of freedom, you have to be able to revolve around those words and create around those words. Now, you can take the written word and have your subtext tell more than is written on the page, which is always fun and challenging too. But it's always great to revolve around the words and improvise and change things, because that comes from the character's perspective and point of view.
"Ultimately it comes from the writer, but it's the actor who breathes life into the character and makes it real. Having Hart to allow us to do that, it's a blessing."

I really understand where he's coming from but if it ain't broke why try to fix it? If it was broke then I'd hope any writer or director worth their salt would at least listen to the argument for changing it.

I believe that Buffy and Angel became the first shows where the writers became the stars - to non-writers. Sure writer geeks like me could name the writing crew of shows but suddenly the public caught on that the actors didn't improvise the dialogue and the director didn't write the action but it was all in the script.

No offense Dave but I'd rather hear what Joss and Jane and Marti and Tim etc wrote and re-wrote and honed to perfection then what you decided to improv on the day. But that's just me.

Read the full article and Hart's reponse here:

MSN News

1 comment:

james henry said...

That was interesting. And yes, probably best not to arse about with Joss Whedon's writing, Dave. Just a thought.