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Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 30, 2018 at 10:55 AM

I was thinking about criticism launched against Jack for being too authoritative. Specifically, I was thinking of the times when guest stars arrived on the set late, hung over from the night before, and without knowing their lines. Numerous sources have reported that Jack read those guest stars the riot act -- on the set and within full earshot of other people.

Of course, the most tactful way of handling the situation would have been for Jack to take the guilty parties aside and speak to them privately about their behavior. But would we be able to do that? I might be able to do it the first time, but if it happened again, I'd be just as explosive as Jack was. I'd let loose with something like this:

"We did not bring you over here to have a good time. We brought you over here to work!" And, if the guest star threatened to walk out, I'd say, "Remember, you're under contract. How good is your lawyer at breaking contracts? Now, go sober up, clean up, and learn your lines. I expect to see you here bright and early tomorrow morning, ready to work."  Then, of course, I'd storm into the office to rearrange the day's filming schedule to work around those absentee guest stars.

How would you react in this situation?

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Reply Steve's Girl
4:34 AM on January 31, 2018 
I agree with both of you, Honu and H50. It would be more tactful to take the guilty party aside.

Would I do that? Certainly not. Why? Because everything involved had to rearranged. And besides mentioning a lawyer, I would remind that person that she/he got payed.

And yes, people should have known that Jack was co-owner/- producer because that not only means he has the power to act towards the guest stars like he did, but also that his money was at stake.
Reply H5O 1.0 FOREVER
3:10 PM on January 30, 2018 
Good points, Honu, reminding them that they are adults and supposed to be professionals.

Oh! Another point: I think it would have served Jack well if other people had known that he was a co-owner / co-producer and not simply an actor on the show. Being authoritative works best when the listener knows the speaker has the power to speak.
Reply Honu59
11:42 AM on January 30, 2018 
Taking the guilty party aside to deliver the message is the appropriate thing to do, but that's not always possible. Like Jack, I would have no tolerance for such behavior. My take would be something like "You're an adult, supposedly a professional, so behave like an adult and fulfill your responsibility." I like that you've mentioned lawyers, H5O. Good point!