Actor Mark Webber got dropped from an ABC pilot and he thinks it’s because the executives did not think he was handsome enough. WAIT…..WHAT? I’m trying to imagine a world where looks mattered in television?!? But since there’s many shows starring men who look like Jabba the Hutt with a supermodel wife, this is surprising, because it’s about a man getting judged for not being TV-ready beautiful enough.
According to Deadline
ABC’s hot Untitled Colbie Smulders pilot (fka Stumptown) was the first new drama series order at the network this year. When the pickup was announced Wednesday, the cast list did not include one of the male leads opposite star Smulders in the pilot, Mark Webber.
Mark went on to say he understands he’s starting with a leg up in the industry as a straight, white male but he wants everyone to know that the pain of being rejected for your looks still stings. Oh, we know Mark. Anyone who’s ever dated in the age of Tinder/Grindr/Sock Hops fully understands your pain.
Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva thinks Mark was probably in a emotional fog when he wrote those tweets and it’s probably best to let your rage subside before letting the internet know your true feelings.
Webber likely was still very upset and angry when he wrote the slew of tweets, which include an expletive, as they were posted on Tuesday night, before the series pickup was announced by ABC on Wednesday and likely right after he had gotten the news. He probably should’ve used a better choice of words but the pain for actors is real as they go through the rollercoaster of emotions of finding out that their pilot is being picked up to series but they are being replaced.
But then again, Mark probably doesn’t give a fuck.
ABC’s PR department is going to be busy this week, dealing with this and Constance Wu not being happy about having a job. I’m sure ABC will have a very polished and professional explanation for firing Mark Webber. Not something like, “We submitted Mark’s face to the website Hot or Not and we received way too many nots. Originally thought him to be an 8 turns out his 6 or a 7 (at best!) and we can’t have an uggo fucking with our money.”
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