"More opportunity, but not for everyone": Rachel Brosnahan, Jon Hamm talk high-end drama boom

Screen | 10/9/2018 | Orlando Parfitt
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There are more high-quality roles for actors because of streaming services such as Amazon and Netflix, but not everyone is getting the same opportunities, according to several Amazon series stars.

Actors including Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel), Jon Hamm (Good Omens) and Julia Roberts (Homecoming) were promoting shows at a press day for Amazon Prime held in London last week.

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“It’s great for an actor [because] we don’t have to do a cop show, a lawyer show or a doctor show, which were the only three things available when it was network television,” said Jon Hamm. ”Now we can do a book [Good Omens] that I never thought would be filmed in my life.”

Good Omens, based on the 1990 book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, is a co-production with the BBC. It co-stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant and will debut on Amazon in 2019, with a BBC broadcast to follow.

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“If you’re talking about the quality feature films made at a studio level, there are five people that get offered those parts, and if you’re talking about the big tentpole things, all those jobs are taken, unless they’re recasting Iron Man or Batman,” Hamm explained. ”There’re so many more opportunities at this end, not just drama but comedy and fantasy. If you do our job there’s so many jobs out there, it’s fun.”

However, Brosnahan and Marin Hinkle, the stars of The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, which won seven Emmys last month including best comedy, pointed out the high-end drama boom hasn’t increased opportunities for everyone.

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