Now THIS Is An Unprofessional Actor

Even John would have a problem with this actor's "method"...

Even John would have a problem with this actor’s “method”…

The 8th Circuit has ruled that actor Paul Doering was justly sentenced for his conduct during a 2011 theatrical event in which he was performing. What did he do?

For a Western-themed charity event in Hill City, South Dakota,  Doering portrayed an outlaw in a shootout.Stage actors using guns shoot blanks, of course. For some reason—extreme method acting? Bad reviews? That ineffable something that makes a star?—Doering used live rounds, real bullets, wounding three spectators.

And they say the theater is dull.

You can read about the case here; that’s of secondary interest. What I find fascinating is that this might be the most unethical performance by an actor in a theatrical performance ever.

John Wilkes Booth doesn’t qualify: he wasn’t in the cast when he shot Lincoln during “Our American Cousin.” I’m pretty sure he would have found Doering thoroughly unprofessional.

2 thoughts on “Now THIS Is An Unprofessional Actor

  1. There are no small parts, only stupid actors. Having just returned home after a 10 hour day spent in a tech rehearsal, followed by a first dress, for a community theater production, this is my shocked face.

  2. Well Jack [am chortling quietly here], I hope that in any future ACT productions, if ever there is a scene involving the discharge of a gun, you’ll be able to trust someone to do a timely and thorough pat-down and inspection of the cast and their props – without further ethics violations.

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