Stephen Amell, acclaimed for his roles on Starz's Heels and The CW's Arrow, recently expressed his disapproval of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. This happened during his appearance at GalaxyCon in North Carolina. When questioned about the strike by a fan, Amell voiced his opposition, although he stressed his commitment to the guild.
"While I steadfastly support my union, I do not endorse striking," he explained. The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), the association representing performers across film and television, is currently striking against the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers (AMPTP).
The strike ensued after the parties failed to agree on a mutually satisfactory contract.
Amell Criticizes Strike Tactics
Amell opined, "This strike is a simplifying negotiating tactic, and I find it extremely frustrating." Regarding the potential impact on shows like Heels, which debuted its second season on July 28, he considered the strike short-sighted.
EW has reached out to Amell's representatives for further comments. He further expressed his disagreement with the strike on Twitter, arguing that striking undermines the support for the union. A video of these remarks captured by a fan went viral on the platform, although some of his comments were not recorded.
Due to the strike, actors cannot promote anything classified as "struck work", essentially projects created under the previous contract with the AMPTP. This covers all types of promotion, from red carpets to interviews, thus Amell's apparent frustration at not being able to promote Heels.
Amell's GalaxyCon appearance walks a fine line within strike regulations. The SAG-AFTRA strike guidelines prohibit convention appearances that promote the companies being struck against, but allow for appearances at independently-operated conventions invited based on an actor's body of work.
The guidelines also provide strict advice for actors involved in panels or Q&As, suggesting they refrain from discussing struck work or companies. It seems that Amell's appearance at GalaxyCon aligns with these guidelines.
However, it remains unclear whether his comments regarding Heels violate these instructions. SAG-AFTRA representatives have yet to respond to EW's request for clarity.