Friday, December 5, 2008

Bad Economy Great For Scrooge Actors

SAN DIEGO (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some people are actually benefitting from the sagging economy: Actors who play Ebeneezer Scrooge.

That’s the opinion of actor Ron Christopher Jones, who plays an African-American version of Charles Dickens’ famous character that he’s modeled, in part, on Samuel L. Jackson.

Jones says that A Christmas Carol is so well known that during economic highs, audiences tend to glaze over the real story and miss why and how Scrooge became so selfish and greedy.

As he puts it, “Somewhere along the line, Scrooge lost his connection to other human beings. That resonates strongly in a time when auto executives are flying private jets to Washington, D.C., in order to ask for a government bailout.”

Jones believes that the current recession is great for actors playing Scrooge because it forces audiences to “be moved and touched by Scrooge’s transformation in a way they haven’t been before.”

He’ll show off his interpretation of Scrooge in Christmas Is Comin’ Uptown, which debuts tonight (Dec. 5) in San Diego.

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