Actors speechless in Writers Strike support

November 22, 2007

These ought to be good (and effective) viewing when they are released today
clipped from www.guardian.co.uk

Sean Penn
Sean Penn is among the A-list actors appearing in internet download spots.

Some of the biggest actors in Hollywood are to support striking writers in a series of internet downloads due to debut today.

The cast list for the 21 spots, which range in length from a few seconds to several minutes, reads like a who’s who of liberal Hollywood. Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Harvey Keitel, Martin Sheen and Ed Asner have all been filmed, and are joined by members of the casts of hit TV shows including Desperate Housewives and Ugly Betty.

Titled Speechless, the short spots echo Warhol’s famous Screen Tests, which featured iconic figures of the late 60s filmed in black and white simply doing nothing. The inactivity of Warhol’s subjects, who ranged from Salvador Dalí to Susan Sontag, accentuated the intimacy of film and, in some cases, the discomfort of the subject.

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