ARROW Star Stephen Amell Says He's Fine With Crossing The Picket Line If It Gets People "Back To Work"

ARROW Star Stephen Amell Says He's Fine With Crossing The Picket Line If It Gets People "Back To Work" ARROW Star Stephen Amell Says He's Fine With Crossing The Picket Line If It Gets People "Back To Work"

Stephen Amell has come under first for his recent comments about the SAG-AFTRA strike, and the Arrow star's latest statements are unlikely to do him any favors...

By MarkCassidy - Aug 02, 2023 10:08 AM EST
Filed Under: Arrow

Earlier this week, Arrow star Stephen Amell made headlines when he stated that he doesn't support the current SAG-AFTRA strike. The actor did later release a lengthy statement clarifying his remarks, but it was seen as more of an attempt to walk back what he said in the face of mounting backlash.

Now, a video clip has surfaced of Amell discussing the strike in an interview, and it's probably fair to say that this won't win him any new supporters!

Here, Amell indicates that he has no problem being the first to cross the picket line if it moves things forward and "gets people back to work." He also says he would have preferred if the initial comments he made - during a very public appearance at Galaxycon - weren't "made public."

It's worth noting that some have praised Amell for his stance, but most people we've heard from in the industry - including a few of his Arrowverse cast mates - are not too happy with his comments.

It remains to be seen if this will ultimately have a negative impact on Amell's career, but we can't imagine too many other actors are going to be falling over themselves to work with him once the strike is resolved.

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bobevanz - 8/2/2023, 10:05 AM
Walking back so hard he's doing a moonwalk. Lol how to lose all friends in Hollywood speedrun
Goldboink - 8/2/2023, 12:00 PM
@bobevanz -
I believe this little fellow made an appearance outside his house

Scarilian - 8/2/2023, 3:03 PM
@bobevanz -
Does it matter. The actors will strike themselves out of a job because Hollywood won't appreciate them and the general audience have been subjected to so much garbage that they aren't supporting the strikes, most people just want Hollywood to collapse. The writers strike has been going on longer and the general population have not noticed a change.
santoanderson - 8/2/2023, 10:06 AM
Amell two days ago: “Strikes are bad.”

Amell yesterday: “My quote was taken out of context. Strikes aren’t bad.”

Amell today: “Nevermind. Strikes are bad.”
Origame - 8/2/2023, 10:36 AM
@santoanderson - he didn't say strikes aren't bad.
CorndogBurglar - 8/2/2023, 11:10 AM
@Origame - I think a lot of people are having a hard time understanding that it's 100% possible for an actor or writer to be in support of the overall cause, but to also hate being out of work right now.
ShimmyShimmyYA - 8/2/2023, 11:10 AM
@Origame - you’ve been doing as much damage control for him as he has on his own.

Yesterday it was “he’s not wrong strikes are bad”

Now you’re saying the opposite all in defense of a dude who rather [frick] over everyone than help the collective
ShimmyShimmyYA - 8/2/2023, 11:11 AM
@CorndogBurglar - no one is having a hard time understanding that, that’s inherently part of a strike . You sacrifice the short term work in order to create a long term change. It’s one thing to say you’re frustrated it’s another to publicly rail against it

People aren’t idiots
kg8817 - 8/2/2023, 11:13 AM
@CorndogBurglar - So why doesn’t he just leave the union then? Problem solved for him no?
CorndogBurglar - 8/2/2023, 11:15 AM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - I disagree. There are a lot of idiots.

When I read Amell's first quote, it seemed to me like he understood the cause and supported it, but did not support the strike. That there should be another way to negotiate these things without striking. Maybe I'm the idiot here. But that's how I took it.
CorndogBurglar - 8/2/2023, 11:17 AM
@kg8817 - No. Problem wouldn't be solved. He supports what is being requested. He doesn't support the act of striking. (At least his first quote said that.) He said he thought there were better ways to negotiate.

If he left the union then he wouldn't be entitled to any of the benefits of these requests.
CorndogBurglar - 8/2/2023, 11:18 AM
@kg8817 - Again, it's possible to support the cause without being happy about the methods taken from both sides.
ShimmyShimmyYA - 8/2/2023, 11:28 AM
@CorndogBurglar - but you don’t say that shit PUBLICLY

Seems like people are having a harder time understanding that more than thinking people can’t be conflicted about making a sacrifice
Origame - 8/2/2023, 11:38 AM
@CorndogBurglar - I think it goes further than that too. Like, he's clearly stated he believes in what they want. And hopes it can be resolved. But if it can be resolved without a strike, why not take that?
Origame - 8/2/2023, 11:41 AM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - am I saying the opposite of "he's not wrong strikes are bad"? My quote here is that he never said that strikes AREN'T bad.

And he isn't proposing screwing over anyone. He just feels there's a better way. You know, having a different opinion.
Origame - 8/2/2023, 11:41 AM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - yeah, the long term change of the industry imploding 🤣
rkshuttleworth - 8/2/2023, 11:49 AM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - People should be able to sell whatever the hell they want publicly as long as they aren't being immoral.
ShimmyShimmyYA - 8/2/2023, 11:52 AM
@Origame - the industry isn’t gonna implode because workers want fair compensation and protections for their employment

Some real boot licker shit - “Please y’all let’s just go to boss and tell him we didn’t mean no harm let’s take the crumbs and be happy”
Origame - 8/2/2023, 12:12 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - you're right. It'll implode because none of the workers are producing content when the industry is in shambles.

And sure, not striking is totally the same as just accepting everything as is. Especially when the studios agreed to a 4% pay increase when the unions ask for 5%. How is that not totally reasonable?
ShimmyShimmyYA - 8/2/2023, 12:22 PM
@Origame - now talk about the other requests from the guilds that the studios refuse to even discuss ?
Origame - 8/2/2023, 12:37 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - you mean like their insistence that they be guaranteed 3 months of work even when the studio only has a day's worth? Or the minimum 6 person writing teams that are infamous in the business for leading to poorly written sh!t?

Or are you referring to AI, which the studios agreed not to use right now, but want the option for further discussions down the line as technology improves?
CorndogBurglar - 8/2/2023, 7:32 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - Why not say it publicly though? He's right. Strikes hurt everyone. There's definitely a better way to negotiate without striking.

The problem is some people aren't willing to compromise. Which is what the studios tried to do. They already offered a 4% pay increase. But the unions want 5% and won't compromise.

Asking to get paid for 3 months minimum of work when you don't work that amount of time is just completely unreasonable.

And the studios agreed to not use AI for now but would like to be able to negotiate it further down the line. Again. A compromise.

I understand the unions wanting more money. I get it. But they also have to be willing to compromise. I would say what the studios agreed to is more than fair considering the demands, but the unions just won't settle. So this strike carries on.

And let's not act like these writers and actors aren't already paid a large amount of money as it is.
CorndogBurglar - 8/2/2023, 7:34 PM
@Origame - Because these unions just want to make demands with no compromise. That's what a negotiation is. You talk about the demands and what is being offered, and you come to peaceful compromise.

And that's the problem. They don't want to compromise. They'd rather hold the industry hostage and make unrealistic demands rather than compromise.
Origame - 8/2/2023, 8:41 PM
@CorndogBurglar - exactly. Not to mention the hypocrisy of the big named stars standing in solidarity. They're making millions, sometimes more than Bob iger, yet none of them talk about spreading their wealth for the lower paid actors.

And I did laugh at Jason mamoa over this. He isn't standing with them. He just donated water to them. And it's from his water company, meaning it's just advertising he can write off his taxes 🤣
newmutantsRETURNS - 8/2/2023, 10:11 AM
Hes def been drinking too much
AmySabadini - 8/2/2023, 10:15 AM
Taonrey - 8/2/2023, 10:22 AM
@GhostDog - I highly doubt , him and Grant were literally hanging out a few days ago
GhostDog - 8/2/2023, 10:22 AM
@AmySabadini - hasn't it always been rumored this pic was taken by them as an in joke between the cast to mock his death, because they all really don't like Amell? I heard that on a podcast. Could be wrong of course.
GhostDog - 8/2/2023, 10:23 AM
@Taonrey - I figured. I've heard and seen him hang out with Gustin as you said.
AmySabadini - 8/2/2023, 10:27 AM
@GhostDog - That’s the legend and I’m sticking to it!
Goldboink - 8/2/2023, 12:02 PM
@GhostDog -

ShimmyShimmyYA - 8/2/2023, 10:16 AM
Almost like he doesn’t support the union lol
kg8817 - 8/2/2023, 11:14 AM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - Then he should leave it.
ShimmyShimmyYA - 8/2/2023, 11:14 AM
@kg8817 - I 100% agree
MarkJulian - 8/2/2023, 10:24 AM
"I wish those comments didn't become public."

Turns around and makes more comments to TMZ.
MaxPaint - 8/2/2023, 10:26 AM
Somebody should just put a muzzle on this clown.
Polaris - 8/2/2023, 10:26 AM
How long will it take for him to explain the "context" of this?
theFUZZ008 - 8/2/2023, 10:28 AM
Steve Amell right now:

GhostDog - 8/2/2023, 10:28 AM
"He would have preferred if the initial comments he made weren't "made public."

My brother in Christ you said it at a public event with media coverage
PapaBear562 - 8/2/2023, 10:32 AM
Leave him alone! He's entitled to his opinion just like everyone else.
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