[Blind Gossip] Here is an interesting perspective on the departure of one of the actors from a popular TV show.
This comes from someone close to the show. Very close.
First of all, he needs to check the title of the show. His name isn’t in it. The characters with that name are the core cast. Everyone else revolves around them and is replaceable.
Good point. Even with an ensemble cast, you have to be mindful of whose name is in the title.
For example, if you are cast on Grey’s Anatomy and your character’s name isn’t Grey, you are always at the mercy of the show runner.
Another point concerns Our Actor’s position in the hierarchy of the show.
Second of all, he is shockingly arrogant for thinking that he should decide what happens to his character and how big his role should be. He is not a producer or a writer and he is definitely not a show runner. His job is to do his f*cking job and be an actor.
Read the lines that are given to you. Be grateful for the lines you are given. Fulfill your contract. Be grateful that you are on a hit show.
His lack of gratitude shows a complete lack of class.
Third of all, if he thinks that one season on a hit show makes him a star, his ego is out of control and he needs to have a convo with David Caruso.
Ahhh, David Caruso.
David Caruso was one of the original cast members on a TV show called NYPD Blue.
The show was a hit in its first season and Caruso’s head swelled.
Although he was under contract going into Season 2, Caruso started making new demands for himself and his character and his wallet. He wanted lots of time off and a giant trailer and told producers that they needed to more than double his salary. He told producers that he was sacrificing a huge movie career by doing the show and if they wanted to keep him, they would have to pay up.
The show runner reminded him that he was under contract and would probably be working at a car wash if it wasn’t for NYPD Blue.
David Caruso became toxic on the set in order to assert his power. Everyone hated working with him.
Long story short, just a few episodes into the second season, the show runner decided that instead of David Caruso being the star of the show… they were going to cut him loose and remake the show around the other characters!
NYPD Blue wound up running for twelve seasons. Twelve seasons. The show made stars out of Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits (who was brought in during Season 2 after Caruso left).
David Caruso left NYPD Blue at the beginning of Season 2. He thought he was bigger than the show. He was convinced that he was about to become a huge movie star.
That didn’t happen. Caruso did not become a huge movie star.
To add insult to injury, he found it difficult to go back to TV. TV producers were skittish about hiring Caruso because of the controversial way in which he left NYPD Blue.
Caruso eventually did find success on TV again, ironically on another cop show, CSI:Miami. It took him a full nine years after NYPD Blue for him and his sunglasses to land that job.
Right now, Our Actor thinks that he is bigger than the show he just left after one season. Perhaps Our Actor would be well advised to learn from David Caruso’s mistakes.
Check the title. Check your job. Check your ego.
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[Optional] Smart move or dumb move by Our Actor? Do you think he will become a huge movie star?