Shakespeare got it wrong. Instead of killing lawyers maybe it ought to be have been actors or is the Herald trying to become a print version of Campbell Live?
Perhaps proving actors are vainglorious, myopic and frankly thick, actor Grae Burton, the classic “Kiwi bloke” in Tui beer commercials has effectively said “avoid my moaning union ass” by backing unions who want to kill the legislation that made The Hobbit’s filming possible. HeÂ moans in The Horrid:
“Burton, 35, is one of a growing number of New Zealanders who are no longer paid hourly wages but have to charge for their services as “independent contractors”.
Somehow we are meant to feel sorry for a jobbing actor who should get the message that if you cannot land a regular part on Shortland Street or Nothing Trivial or LOTR or The Hobbit etc, then you are probably a bit shit.Â
More so as his Tui ad claim to fame is a non-speaking part I recall, which means,Â his total income Â from all work last year was $40k:
“Like most actors, I work several other jobs around trying to be available for screen and acting work.”
In other words I don’t want a real job because I am special. I am an artiste don’t you know.
Helpfully, The Horrid gets out its violin for Burton parroting the Union Line. They seem to forget that working people buy The Horrid and talentless actors read it for free in which ever cafe they clearing dishes in:
“Assuming, unrealistically, an average 40-hour week, that would be $19.23 an hour – approximately what the union movement estimates to be the cost of a decent living in New Zealand.”
Poor Burton is all pissy that after playing bit parts when he was 23, he has not broken it big like Green Taliban actress Lucy ‘get your tits out’ Lawless. Â We can be so lucky not to have a rich guilt laden hypocrite flying back from La-La land to lecture us on the evils of climate change before jetting off to Cannes. Instead we have a poor and envious one:
“When I was first inÂ HerculesÂ andÂ Young HerculesÂ back in 1998, my daily rate was 50 per cent better than what I’m currently seeing,” he says.
So he would be happy pulling $60k for doing sweet FA but for a jobbing actor he doesn’t seem very current or given the massive cast used, wanted. I wonder why:
“He says actors on a comparable show now being filmed in Auckland,Spartacus, are being asked to do much more for less.
Now being filmed? Â According to Google it was filming last JuneÂ and started airing in the USA last month. Obviously our talented actor missed out on Spartacus too and that is truly impressive given three series and a prequel:
“Actors on any given show day are being asked to do full-frontal nudity, simulated sex and graphically violent, hugely physical roles, and are being paid a comparably lower daily rate.”
Diddums. Grae Burton I warm to you like a mug of cold sick.
Whale Oil’s free advice is to grow up, get a haircut and real job because mate, by being a union poster boy for killing the film and TV industry here, your acting careerometer has hit close to zero.
As for the vile hate filled and corrupt unions, I have your number.