Why doesn’t anyone in Hollywood understand how to properly use a phone?
This observation may not sink in with you immediately, but the next time you get to see a Hollywood phone conversation on your favorite show you’ll agree with exactly what I’m about to describe here.
Actors in the movies and on television hang up on the person they are speaking to without ever ending the conversation like a typical person would in the real world. Pay attention next time you see a Hollywood phone call in progress and you’ll understand exactly what I’m talking about.
Jack says into his phone, “I need the schematics made available immediately.” The person on the other end of the phone says, “Alright. I’ll get right on that.” Click! And he hangs up!
You wouldn’t do that in the real world. No one said goodbye. In the real world there would be at least an additional question or a concluding statement.
Jack says, “No.”
“Ok then. I’ll talk to you later.”
Jack should then conclude with an “Ok. Bye.” And then the hang up would occur.
What if Jack was about to add to the conversation, “and there is a bomb in your building.” The guy on the other end of the phone would have had no clue. He probably deserves to get blown up for exercising poor phone protocol.
I’ve seen basically the exact same conversation played out with Jack being the one who hangs up on the person he called too.
Jack says into his phone, “I need the schematics made available immediately.” The person on the other end of the phone says, “Alright. I’ll get right on that.” Click! And then Jack hangs up on him!
In this scenario, I always feel bad for the guy who has no chance to ask a follow-on question that he may have.
“Jack, I need to know what floor of the building you need the schematics for. Hello? Hello?” And then he thinks to himself, “That stupid loser just hung up on me! I don’t remember saying goodbye. Screw him and his schematics. Let him find the bomb all by himself. I’m going to lunch.”
And then there are the more romantic Hollywood phone calls. Same thing happens here too. No one in the real world ever hangs up on someone they care for after someone says something like “I miss you” or “I can’t wait to see you again”.
Try this on your significant other. After they say “I miss you”, you say “I miss you too” and then just hang the phone up. I guarantee you’ll be getting a call back in ten seconds or less.
“Why did you just hang up on me?”
“I thought we were done talking.”
“Maybe I don’t miss you so much now.”