Frances Fisher Wants SAG Members To Boycott Anti-Strike Nominees

     January 10, 2009

Written by Nicole Pedersen

Just when it looked like the whole Screen Actors Guild Strike would fade away in the face of an enormous economic black hole, Variety has reported that a “significant number” of SAG members have received an email encouraging them to withhold their SAG Award votes from nominated actors who have expressed opposition to the union’s strike authorization plans. The pair of anonymous emails were forwarded by SAG National Board member Frances Fisher (also known as Clint Eastwood’s ex) who asked that her name be removed if members planned to pass the message on – I guess that plan went off without a hitch. Here’s what the email had to say:

“If I were a regular, ordinary, not-rich-and-famous actor, and if I wanted my union to be strong so it could fight for me … would I want to give any of these rich-and-famous UNION-UNDERMINERS my vote? Would I want my union to give them such an honor — MY UNION’s ultimate stamp-of-approval? I would remember those names when I began to mark my ballot.”

And as for those name — those “Strike Vote Scabs” as it were –who did Fisher believe should be deprived of SAG Awards? Eight names were listed including Josh Brolin (“Milk”), Kevin Spacey (“Recount”), Susan Sarandon (“Bernard & Doris”), Michael C. Hall (“Dexter”), Sally Field (“Brothers & Sisters”), Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), Steve Carell (“The Office”) and Tony Shaloub (“Monk”).

Wait a second? Tony Shaloub for “Monk”??? Is that show even on anymore?

Other famous names who oppose authorizing a Guild strike include George Clooney and Tom Hanks – but as they are not up for any SAG Awards this year their names stayed off the chain-letter blacklist. And what famous names are in favor of a strike vote authorization? How about Mel Gibson and Martin Sheen? OK, so is it just me or is there a disproportionate amount of crazy on the strike side at the moment?

Meanwhile, former SAG president Richard Masur has called Fisher out for “politicizing” the SAG Awards and has asked for her apology – Strawberry Alice herself is remaining quietly defiant for the moment.

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