Actor James Caan Fears Technology Will Run Movie Business
James Caan fears the movie business is under threat from new technology because film fans will soon be downloading movies straight into their home rather than visiting cinemas. The veteran actor isn't a fan of modern gadgets and is barely able to write a text message on his cell phone - and he's convinced new inventions will ultimately threaten his livelihood as he's sure movie fans will abandon the tradition of going to a cinema as they are given greater access to films online.
Caan tells the New York Daily News, "I'm really (against) all this technology, even texting. And we'll get to how it relates to the movies in a minute. But if you want to talk to me, talk to me! I don't answer this sonofab**ch (cell phone)! It takes me a half-hour to text, 'Hi-how-are-you.' We're losing the personal touch. Saving a letter from an old friend doesn't exist anymore. Everything is texted or emailed!...It's getting to the point where we almost don't need theaters anymore. We have the ability now to push a button and see a first-run movie in your house..."
Caan is adamant movie bosses now need to change the way audiences view films at the cinema in a bid to keep audiences buying tickets.
He adds, "Live theater is still alive because people are there. I remember at 16 years old, growing up in Queens (in New York), we were punks, but hey, when we went to the theater, we wore a shirt and tie! "Similarly, I believe that to keep movie theaters in existence, they're gonna have to make 'em (sic) an event, have a couch, a table and drinks or something. Otherwise, there's no reason to get out of your bed!" (LR/NYDN/ZN)
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