Saturday, March 31, 2007
Was it All a Lie?
My buddie Scott King recently auditioned for the secon season of Who Wants to Be a Superhero, the Sci-Fi channel show hosted by Stan Lee that turns a "regular guy" into a superhero.
Well, it turns out that these might not really be "regular guys." First, he found casting calls on internet sights looking for members of the Screen Actor's Guild (SAG). Then, when he contacted the casting director he was sent a letter saying that they'd already finished casting -- and there were still audition stops left. Click here to read Scott's whole post on this.
Then Scott discovered that the winner, Matthew Atherton who played Feedback, had prior acting experience. Well, I went to IMDB myself and found the Who Wants to Be A Superhero page. It turns out that several of the "regular guys" on the show had prior acting experience. The guy who played "Iron Enforcer" who eventually became the bad guy of the show even has a Wikipedia page and his own web site. Kind of makes me wonder how much of this was "reality" and how much was scripted, staged and edited.
Craig and I watched the show when it was on and found some of the people to be pretty over-the-top. It did seem kind of staged and phony at times. Now it looks like the whole thing, from auditions to winners, might be all pre-decided with little actual "reality" in it. The guy who won was lied to too I guess, since I've still not seen that comic book he was supposed to be in.
The second season is scheduled to start in July and Sci Fi has the web site all set to go. Looks like all of the characters are profilled there. We had two customers audition for this show and it looks like neither of them will get in, as the casting was aparently wrapped up before they even got their chance. I'll probably still watch the series, but I definately won't put it in the category of "reality TV" when it seems to be more like a soap opera with perhaps a bit of improv.