Jettisode 20 – America’s Got Talent?

Jettisode 20 – America’s Got Talent?

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In Jettisode 20 (where did 19 go?), Jett begs the question if America’s got talent? Why is it that most of today’s top Hollywood talent are actually foreign imports? When did America stop producing leading men? Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson, Daniel Day Lewis, Hugh Jackman….the list goes on.

Now I’m not saying we don’t have any home grown actors who can carry a film. Leonardo DeCaprio, Denzel Washington, George Clooney, and Tom Cruise can still open a film but it is astounding how the number of top actors these days are from overseas. Is it breeding? Ambition? Pure talent? Training? Listen to Jett’s take and leave your comments and insight below.


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  1. So, Jett…what to you suppose is the future for us senior citizen actors?

  2. Jeff… er uh Jett, when you decide to make a biographical film about Andre the Giant I expect an audition. Holla at your boy

  3. Jett…you are correct, but let’s add to that. Historically, training in Europe has been much more intense in other art forms. As an example, training in music is obligatory for children in Greece whereas schools in the U.S. consider it an elective…if the school has the money for music training. As a child of the 1950’s, music and art was a part of my curriculum in elementary school. We have a plethora of pretty people here who spend a potfull of money on headshots and dress like idiots, and spend as little as possible on training. How many American actors are fluent in more than one language? We are competing with actors such as Christoph Waltz who is fluent in three and may win an Oscar for “Inglorious Basterds”. Looks like we can add actors to the list of “Who Builds a Better….” along with TV’s and cars. We are, as you say, “wussified”.

  4. I heartily agree. I think that if you eximine the world of acting outside of the US you will find there is much more reverence for acting as a profession and that has lead to better training schools and methods.

    It seems if here in the US you have to have a look and not skills or aptitude.

  5. Interesting perspective and some interesting points. As an upcoming ‘giant’ of the screen :), I like how you pointed out the lack of a clear path in the entertainment industry here in the states.