For the sake of all the Abeds out there…
Spotless shoe soles
This obviously happens because the shoes are brand new, bought for the actor and the character they’re playing. But I’m tired of never seeing a scuff, scratch or smudge. No dirt or wear to the shoes at all. Work them in a little!
Empty coffee cups
This annoys me to no end. It’s usually those take-away cups where it is obvious there is nothing in them. Put some water in them or something! Because no matter how great an actor is at drinking pretend coffee, (Brad Pitt is quite talented at this) when they set that cup down on a table – it wobbles. Act your way outa that one!
Drivers that never look at the road!
The passenger may have very intriguing things to say, but it’s been like… a solid six seconds since you last looked where you’re driving. The last time I saw this was on that incredible political TV show, House of Cards. But, it happens in a lot of films and shows.
People not eating or drinking
I know, I know, having actors eat and drink during every take is a continuity nightmare. But twirling pasta and pushing it around the plate is so frustrating to watch. Up in the Air is a fantastic movie and one of my favourites, but there’s a scene where George Clooney and Anna Kendrick are in a restaurant staring at food and tapping it with forks.
The scene is long, my friends. That food is cold, and uneaten.
The Up in the Air director (Jason Reitman) probably learned his lesson from when he did Juno though. In that movie, he asked Jennifer Garner to drink the red wine in her hand take after take. She eventually started to bung-up her lines, sway and slur her words. But it looked realistic, nonetheless!
In Julie & Julia the director was adamant that the actors must eat the food. A chef was on site, and the food was apparently delicious. But take after take, the actors did begin to feel sick from the amount they were eating!
In the most recent TV show Hannibal, the actors had to eat the food because it had to look legit. You can’t exactly skimp on the eating part in a show about a cannibal! But man did the crew work for it! The dietary requirements of the actors must have been an annoyance. Making it look like everyone is eating the same thing, but some being vegetarian or gluten intolerant or vegan… Phwah! For the love of art, right?
Flawless make-up during battles and strenuous exercise
This annoys me more than any of the rest. I get it. Women are supposed to be flawless in movies. I know there are unrealistic beauty standards, but that aside. Lipstick fades. Eye shadow smudges. Mascara bleeds. If anything, seeing a character sweat without the make-up shifting breaks my suspension of disbelief. In action scenes like in Edge of Tomorrow or the fourth Transformers (God, there’s so much wrong with that film, invincible make-up is the least of its worries), putting a bit of dirt on their face doesn’t count. Tussle the hair! Uneven the eyeliner! Streak the foundation! Do something!
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Abed: I can tell life from TV, Jeff. TV makes sense, it has structure, logic, rules, and likeable leading men. In life, we have this. We have you.