Where Are the A-Listers in Writers Strike?

Staying out of it—despite SAG's solidarity message
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2008 1:00 PM CST
Where Are the A-Listers in Writers Strike?
Actress Julia Roberts appears on the "Today" show in New York, Thursday Dec. 13, 2007. Roberts co-stars with Tom Hanks in the new movie "Charlie Wilson's War." She and other A-listers have mostly avoided the issue of the WGA strike. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Although the writers strike has drawn many B-list and small-screen actors to the picket lines, A-listers have nearly all avoided publicly taking sides, notes the Los Angeles Times. The big stars may be in the awkward position of working on movies, despite their union's pledge of solidarity with the Writers Guild of America. They may also be spending their time seeking new ways to promote their work while the late-night TV circuit is mostly shut down.

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"They don't want to be branded hypocrites," said one manager-producer. "I think their publicists, smartly, are telling them to not take a side." Many stars are probably relieved that they'll once again be able to appear on David Letterman and Craig Ferguson's shows, which make their WGA-approved return to the airwaves tonight. (Read more Hollywood writers' strike stories.)

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