For decades, celebrated veteran actor Alan Alda has been one of those talents that can easily jump between film and television without any issues, taking on mostly memorably and even award winning supporting roles in a variety of dramas, comedies, action thrillers and more.
From “The Aviator,” “Bridge of Spies” and “Flirting with Disaster,” to “The Blacklist” and “Ray Donovan,” he’s been able to do it all. Speaking with The Playlist recently whilst out doing press for his key supporting role in “Marriage Story,” the actor says he’s amazed at the current state of the industry and is all for the changes that have come with it:
“This is really a golden age. We talked about golden ages every ten years, but this is extraordinary, and the new way of telling stories, binge-able stories, is I find very attractive. It’s really fun to stay up till 2:00 in the morning, and saying ‘Do we have time for one more?’.”
He goes on to say a big reason things are working out so well now is that so much less in the streaming arena is being done by committee, with creatives generally left alone to tell the story they want:
“I’ve been alive to see burlesque die, vaudeville die, radio, network television and what I see happening under the surface, and this is what I think I see. I’m not an expert at this. But the studios and the network televisions folks, the ones who put up the money for the productions, have the impression that because they have control of the money, they also know how to do it.
The streaming people, I get the impression, find people who do know how to do it and generally leave them alone and that enables them. If you’re working with people who are responsible and are well-chosen, it gives them the chance to take good chances, to take chances that they might not otherwise have had the opportunity to do. And they’re unhampered. To have one vision that’s a good vision is better than to have a good vision that has 20 people changing it every few minutes.”
“Marriage Story” is now playing in limited release ahead of a Netflix launch on December 6th.