Teach Me Tuesday: Firing and recasting actors

(Bri Castellini) #1

Welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! Today’s topic:

How late is too late to fire an actor, and how do you efficiently pick up the pieces so your project doesn’t die?

(Bri Castellini) #2

I have spent a lot of time not firing people because I was afraid to reshoot, and in perhaps one or two cases it was better to just wait it out and then rethink their inclusion in future projects, but the one time I actively fired someone was the best decision I could have made. Granted, it was only after one episode so we only had to reshoot one scene, but I cannot imagine what hell it would have been to continue working with this person.

(Gabriel Crutchfield) #3

For the most part, we don’t have to worry about recasting should any [additional] incidents happen. I have an in-universe explanation ready should anyone need to be recast or if someone decides to quit the show. I figured it was a good thing to keep in my back pocket since everyone is volunteering their time and could end up having other opportunities arise at any given time.

(Ghetto Nerd Girl) #4

Love this question. A little late but dusting off these articles: