Veterans of Hollywood’s last strike — not the WGA’s in 1988 but SAG’s six-month work stoppage against the ad industry in 2000 — have been getting reacquainted on the picket lines.
Thesps say they feel a strange sense of deja vu that’s due in part to the seemingly constant picket-line presence of SAG’s organizing chief, Todd Amorde. “This does feel kind of familiar, doesn’t it,” Amorde admitted on Thursday at Paramount, before setting up an interview for Ray Romano.
Before joining the SAG staff, Amorde headed much of the everyday organizing during the SAG strike.
Actor Tom Kiesche, who was one of SAG’s most-active strike captains seven years ago, reflected on the familiar feelings outside Paramount on Thursday. “All it took was about 30 seconds for me to recognize that same knot in my stomach that I had all the time back in 2000,” he said.
Also walking the Paramount line Thursday: SAG national board member George Coe and former recording secretary Karen Austin.
— Dave McNary