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Wheaton on parentheticals

August 26th, 2008 at 10:42 am

In a recent post, Ken Levine listed parentheticals as a “biggie” among things actors hate. Veteran Wil Wheaton responded in a Comment:

“… Parentheticals are complicated. You write your script with the studio or network in mind, and the sad truth is that most of the people reading it don’t have the time (or interest) to look for the deeper meanings and truths in the scene like actors do. Because those people need to approve the script before it ever gets into an actor’s hands, you have to use parentheticals so they know what’s going on in the scene.

Every experienced actor I’ve ever known understands this, isn’t offended by it, and just uses a black sharpie to strike it from their script as part of their preparation….”

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