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  1. Lymis says

    I know it sounds strange, but especially with a show that involves long hours in costuming, makeup, location shooting or anything like that, it makes sense for her to do or watch something entirely different in her spare time.

    I wouldn’t go home after a long day and watch the security footage from work. I’d want to do something entirely different.

  2. Eric says

    This is news? Lots of actors either refuse to watch themselves on screen or at least mildly avoid it. Timothy Olyphant brought this up on the latest Nerdist podcast, only he did a funny bit about not being able to get enough of seeing himself on screen.

  3. Jabón Jabón says

    Oh I don’t think Maggie Smith is NEARLY as good in Downton Abbey as Joan Collins was in Dynasty, or Barbara Bel Geddes in Dallas or Jane Wyman in Falcon Crest.

    She’s probably better than Linda Evans in Dynasty, and Joan Van Ark in Knot’s Landing.

  4. Peter says

    Maggie Smith is the only reason to watch anything with her in it. She can say more with her eyes in 2 seconds than a vast majority of actors can in an hour. Everyone pales beside her.

  5. Joe says

    Jabon Jabon, it’s just not fair to bring up Joan Collins in this thread. That poor lady there is trying to occupy herself with a very sweet community theater project and you mention the Grande Dame herself? How would you like it if I compared something you scribbled on a napkin to timeless works of literature, like Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood? I think this woman has suffered enough humiliation under your heartless tongue, Jabon Jabon. Let her have her community theatre. Does Joan Collins have to get *every* role? Won’t she ever be satisfied?

  6. Bollux says

    Honestly, a lot of thespians don’t watch their recorded performances. First off, it comes across as exceptionally vain. Plus, at the whim of so much post-production, their acting can resemble something much different than they remember. And then they become hyper-critical about something that they can’t change or that someone else changed on them. Finally, most actors don’t have time to sit around and watch TV/films; they work very long hours.

  7. jim says

    The final question, “what do you get out of it if you don’t watch it?” has got to be the stupidest question I’ve ever heard a “profesional” journalist ask an actor. And why would an actor want to watch something still in progress? It would be sure to influence her characterization in future episodes and could cause marked inconsistency.

  8. jim says

    The final question, “what do you get out of it if you don’t watch it?” has got to be the stupidest question I’ve ever heard a “profesional” journalist ask an actor. And why would an actor want to watch something still in progress? It would be sure to influence her characterization in future episodes and could cause marked inconsistency.

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