Emilia Clarke has defended the green-screen acting against critics who claim it is not a ‘real’ acting.
The 36-year-old British actor has starred in several major franchises including Game of Thrones, Star Wars and Terminator, all of which make heavy use of CGI. She is also new to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Disney+ series Secret invasion.
In green screen acting, the actors must appear in front of a solid color background (usually green or blue). The footage is then enhanced in post-production by visual effects artists who replace the colored filler with any background image/footage.
On the misconceptions of green screen acting in a new interview with the Los Angeles TimesClarke argued that “the stigma” stems from people “not doing acting in” shows that use this effect.
“And then you’re like, ‘Then why are they asking all these great actors to do this and why are they saying yes?'” me before you asked Star.
Anthony Hopkins sparked the debate surrounding green screen acting in 2021 when he called it “pointless.”
“If you’re sitting in front of a green screen, there’s no point in acting,” he said, referring to his filming experience Thor (2011) and its 2013 sequel Thor: The Dark World.
Angela Bassett, a fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe actress, later responded to Hopkins’ comments, saying she “feels sorry for him.”
The silence of the Lambs Star, 85, isn’t the only celebrity to voice negative views about green-screen acting.
In October 2022, Hopkins’ Thor: Love and Thunder Co-star Christian Bale called it “repetitive.”
“I mean, the definition of that is monotony,” Bale lamented. “You have good people. There are other actors who have a lot more experience at this than I do.
“Can you tell one day from another? Absolutely not. You have no idea what to do. I couldn’t even tell one phase from the next,” he added.
Wanda VisionElizabeth Olsen of ‘s also admitted that she finds filming green screen scenes “embarrassing”.
“It’s very embarrassing to do things like that because the world depends on you doing it,” she said diversityparticularly regarding Vision’s (Paul Bettany) death scene in the 2019 blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War.