Thought I'd start one, because Mr Patridge has his own one and he's only half the story!!
Just wondering what other people think of Marc?! I think he's improved loads since Syed first joined the show, and he's got great chemistry with John, and Preeya (Amira). And the actors who play his parents (esp Masood). Even scenes with Tam and Syed are fun to watch.
Oh and any scene where Syed has to cry, Marc breaks my heart. Even if Syed if pissing me off!!!
Also as a side note, I was wondering if anyone knew what Marc's racial heritage actually is?! I read somewhere he was half French, and obviously 'Marc Elliot' doesn't sound like an especially Asian name - only asking because I think he's managed to capture young British asian youth really well in Syed and the writers, through him, have really brought some of the challenges facing young British muslims to the fore - not just in terms of sexuality, but socially, politically and morally as well!
where did i read he was french then anyway - yeah i agree, john and marc aren't faultless as actors. what i find a bit bizarre about eastenders in general is the stilted language they sometimes employ. especially in dramatic scenes. its like walford suddenly becomes the set of a crappy interpretation of an ibsen play. i wish they'd loosen up, get a bit more colloquial. cos no one speaks like that. and i think that's where most of the actors problems come from in terms of delivering lines. like christian saying that stuff about tissues and blood.. blahblahblah. or syed saying "it's not my condemnation they would face" - no one speaks like that!! especially in the east end. i read an article once, saying it was because eastenders is written by private school kids with a degree english literature from UCL. and they flower it up a bit. but overall i think marc's very good. especially considering the last dire attempt by the same soap to master modern, young asian brits.
anyway - yeah i agree, john and marc aren't faultless as actors. what i find a bit bizarre about eastenders in general is the stilted language they sometimes employ. especially in dramatic scenes. its like walford suddenly becomes the set of a crappy interpretation of an ibsen play. i wish they'd loosen up, get a bit more colloquial. cos no one speaks like that. and i think that's where most of the actors problems come from in terms of delivering lines.
I agree entirely that the dialogue is a big part of the actors' delivery problems. The strange thing is that the dialogue can be really uneven. Sometimes it's really witty and sharp, and other times clunky or oddly formal, as you say.
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010 MARC ELLIOT GETS VERBAL ABUSE FOR PLAYING ENDERS' SYED. PinkNews reports: Marc Elliot, the actor who plays gay Muslim Syed in EastEnders, has revealed he gets regular abuse in the street for playing a gay character.
Post by himlover2010 on Jul 16, 2010 10:32:33 GMT -5
Hi everyone , I dont know if this is the right place to put it lol but i guess i should have put this up like 1 and 1/2 months ago but hey better late than never lol so yeah about 2 months ago i sent a fan letter to marc elliot, a 3 page one to be precise lol , aswell as asking for his autograph for me and my best friend, and guess what 2 weeks after i sent it we got one from him when it came i was squeeling like BL fangirl i am lol he put " Emily, Thank you for all your kind words. Good luck in your exams Lots of love Marc elliott x " And yes that was a kiss he put on the end lol I Even put the link to the eastenders sections on this site so maybe he's seen our love of him and his storyline with john. But yeah sorry if this has bored you or something like that but im still excited that he actually replied now xx
just read that interview posted on the first page. wow marc is a decent honest sounding guy. i like that he doesn't think too much of his abilities. which always makes me like a soap actor more, because lets face it, soap is not exactly oscar worthy stuff all the time. he seems really realistic and just enjoying where he is. i can't stand the ones who think hollyoaks is the launch-pad to hollywood. fair enough, it's brilliant if some people make it. but i think making soap SLs work takes it's own skills (plus a bit of realism from the actors). the ones who don't think too much of themselves and come across as modest in interviews are usually the ones who really plug into the stories theyre given, and manage to make it work. not that i have a problem with other actors, but i think you can get a little big for your boots. james sutton leaving hollyoaks and turning his back on the world of soap, being an example of pride before a fall. and seriously the last few months of john paul's SL were more than a little questionable! i like the sound of marc.
His quote about it being time to flex some acting muscles is very telling. That character and his relationships with Christian and everybody else in his life had a lot of potential. It's a shame that the writers and producers didn't fully explore the character.
And when are we going to get an interview from John Partridge?
I don't think that his quote was so bad. No actor wants to be typecast. I think in his situation, where the writing and screentime for the character was so poor, it's a bigger concern. People are going to naturally jump to the conclusion that he's responsible for the character being so one dimensional and boring, or for people not being able to understand the characters motivations.
He didn't have a problem playing a gay character, he has a problem with not being able to flex his acting muscles with the character. Earlier this year, the actor who plays Syed's father alluded to the fact that Marc wasn't happy with the writing or lack of airtime. Nitin Ganatra said that Marc's an actor, and that's what he wants to do. The role didn't give him a great opportunity to do that.