Stephen Amell, star of “Arrow,” expresses displeasure about the actors’ strike: ‘I do not support striking’

Stephen Amell said he's against the actor's strike since it's at a standstill with negotiations.Getty Images
Stephen Amell said he’s against the actor’s strike since it’s at a standstill with negotiations. Getty Images

Star of “Arrow” Stephen Amell isn’t entirely in support of SAG-AFTRA actors who are on strike.

The 42-year-old actor came out against the union’s plan to strike following numerous failed negotiations on Saturday at GalaxyCon in North Carolina.

He responded to a fan who inquired about the strike by saying, “I support my union, I do, and I stand with them.

“And I think that the thinking as it pertains to shows like the show that I’m on that premiered last night, I think it’s myopic,” he continued, presumably referring to his show “Heels,” which had its Season 2 premiere on Friday.

In July, Hollywood’s actors decided to strike, joining the already-striking writers in a move that halted the production of numerous films and television programs.

At a news conference in Los Angeles on July 13 to announce the strike, Screen Actors Guild president Fran Drescher remarked, “I went in in earnest, expecting we could avert the strike, so the severity of this move is not lost on me.

“We were powerless. We are being victimized by a very selfish entity in this situation, she continued.

Since May 2, Hollywood writers have been refusing to work in exchange for better pay contracts as the looming prospect of artificial intelligence replacing authors’ professions collides with less-than-profitable streaming partnerships. Additionally, actors are looking for greater pay packages, particularly from streaming platforms like Netflix.

The joint SAG and Writers Guild of America strikes instantly halted all presently shooting TV shows and motion pictures; “Challengers,” starring Zendaya, which was scheduled to premiere at the Venice International Film Festival has now been postponed to 2024 as a result.

Red carpet walks and media junkets are among the promotional engagements that are prohibited by the restrictions of the strike. While the strike’s length is undetermined, some rumors indicate that studios may be willing to hold out until the fall in exchange for concessions.

Assembling for a protracted strike, Fran Drescher says, “I felt pumped.”

Due to its independence from “struck” organizations and lack of ties to a studio agreement, Amell’s attendance at GalaxyCon does not appear to constitute a violation of the strike’s conditions.

However, talking about the shows actors appear on is prohibited by the union’s terms of the strike. They are able to respond to unrelated, all-encompassing questions concerning their life and career.

The union has “discussed what it would cost if it went for six months, so we’re looking for the long haul,” SAG president Drescher told USA TODAY last month. We all recognize the seriousness of such a commitment. It’s significant. Unfortunately, we can also see that without doing this, we have no future and no way to support ourselves.

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