The actual underlying complaint here is that the British working class actors aren’t actually very good at the actual acting bit. Actually.
Not that it’s put quite that way but it is what is really being said:
His comments support criticism that the British film industry is stuffed with posh, privately educated actors.
Speaking to The Sunday Times Culture section, Kemp said: “A lot of the British films that are successful on that international scale purvey a particular view of the UK, and of England particularly, that tends towards the middle class and upper middle class.
Well, yes. Because what foreigners want to see is English – and it is largely English – toffs slaughtering those of duskier hue in foreign climes. Because that’s their experience of the English over the culturally relevant periods of time. Stereotypes matter, obviously enough. Thus:
In which case, actors who come from that background might be more likely to be employed in those movies and to get the attention those kinds of movies bring.”
Ah, well, no. Because what is it we’re talking about here? Acting, right? Playing dress up? Pretending?
The reason the working class would bes aren’t getting these jobs is because they’re not very good at the pretending bit. The acting.
The only alternative explanation would be that no one does in fact act. They just play themselves upon the screen. Which, given all we get told about the craft and how difficult it is to learn and do etc can’t possibly be true, can it?