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Business of being an actor has changed: James Spader

James Spader says economics is driving the changes that are being witnessed in television, theatre and cinema.

By: Press Trust of India | New York |
Updated: October 13, 2014 2:05:18 pm
James Spader: People who populated the film industry really populated that industry. (Source: Reuters) James Spader: People who populated the film industry really populated that industry. (Source: Reuters)

Three-time Emmy Award winner James Spader says the business of being an actor has changed and economics is driving the changes that are being witnessed in the television, theatre and cinema.

“The business across the board has changed. The business of being an actor has changed,” Spader told reporters here while promoting his show ‘The Blacklist’ in which he plays ex-government agent Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington who mysteriously surrenders to the FBI and now identifies a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies, and international terrorists.

He said that many years ago the three businesses of theatre, TV and films “had all of a sudden became very
compartmentalised and had become three separate businesses because all three became very successful in and of themselves.”

“People who populated the film industry really populated that industry. Same was true for TV and theatre. That has changed. I have seen a real sea change now in the industry. It is probably economics,” he said adding that the lines between the various entertainment mediums are blurring and it is “becoming all one business now.”

The second season of ‘Blacklist’ premiered last month and Spader said that it will be “interesting if we can sustain the curiosity about the very first question from the very first episode” on what is the relationship between his character and that of FBI agent Elizabeth Keen, played by actress Megan Boone.

On the show being marketed more as a ‘James Spader’ show than as the ‘Blacklist’, Spader said it is due to the function of the character.

“Any actor who has been around long enough has a baggage and reputation that they bring in with them,” he said adding that it is a big task to market any film or TV show these days because of the competition and producers of the show will use whatever advantages they have to promote the show. “If you see the show, it is being marketed on Reddington because he is provocative,” he added.

Spader said that before signing on to any show, he sees whether he can make the character work. “If I feel that I cannot bring enough to the role, then I turn it down,” he added.

The ‘Blacklist’ season two airs every Tuesday at 10pm in India on Star World Premiere HD.

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