Despite all of the warnings and the fact that it should be habit by now, some people just don’t turn off their cell phones at movies or plays. As a stage actor myself I know how frustrating it can be when a phone goes off in the middle of a particularly tense moment. It destroys the illusion that the audience is peering into a world outside their own and breaks the actors concentration. Theatre and movies make me hate cell phones.
Apparently I am not alone in this hatred. Currently Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig are appearing in the Broadway play A Steady Rain, a gritty 1970s cop drama by Keith Huff. During a recent performance an audience member committed the cardinal sin of leaving their cell phone on. To make matters worse the jackass whose phone it was didn’t turn it off for several rings. Jackman handled things like a true professional, breaking the fourth wall in character and chiding the audience member. He clearly catches Craig off-guard who just kind of stares and waits.
Check it out:
If I was at this play I would feel fortunate to have witnessed this outburst by Jackman, but at the same time pissed off that someone in the audience was so idiotic. Turn off your damn cell phones, people. It’s really not that hard.