Stephen Amell Criticizes SAG-AFTRA Strike, Sparks Controversy Among Arrowverse Actors

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Stephen Amell

Not all actors in Hollywood are in favor of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. Stephen Amell, renowned for his role as the superhero Green Arrow in the CW series Arrow, recently expressed his opposition to the work stoppage, deeming it a “myopic” and “reductive negotiating tactic.”

During a Q&A session at GalaxyCon in Raleigh, North Carolina, Amell shared his perspective on the strike, acknowledging that he feels somewhat insulated in Hollywood. He expressed his support for the union but firmly stated his disagreement with the idea of striking as a means of negotiation.

Amell’s series Heels returned to Starz for a second season recently, but he attended GalaxyCon with the intention of engaging with fans and signing autographs, not promoting the show or any other struck work. While Amell’s appearance might not have technically violated SAG rules, his comments have stirred up reactions from others in the entertainment industry.

Amell stands as one of the few actors publicly voicing opposition to the SAG-AFTRA strike, which received overwhelming support from nearly 98% of SAG-AFTRA members in June. Led by SAG president Fran Drescher, the union initiated the strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on July 14, marking the first dual strike in 63 years alongside the ongoing Writers Guild of America strike.

While Stephen Amell’s statements may have earned him some criticism, other actors within the Arrowverse—DC Comics superheroes found in CW television shows—are not pleased with his comments or actions. Matt Letscher, known for his role as Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash in CW’s The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, sarcastically tweeted about waiting for a list of “totally non-reductive negotiating tactics” they could employ.

Actor Kirk Acevedo, who portrayed the comic book villain Ricardo Diaz/The Dragon, an antagonist to Amell’s Green Arrow on Arrow, was more direct in his response. He retweeted a Hollywood Reporter article on Amell’s GalaxyCon remarks and bluntly expressed his disapproval with the words, “This fucking guy.”

As the SAG-AFTRA strike continues, the industry is grappling with the implications of this significant labor action. Amell’s dissenting stance adds another layer of complexity to the ongoing negotiations between the actors’ union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, leaving fans and fellow actors closely observing how the situation unfolds.

Source : Vanity Fair

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