Author: David Migicovsky
Title: JACKSON READY FOR A LONG TRIP ON "DAWSON'S CREEK"
Type of Text: (Internet-) article
Source: Internet: http://www.geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Studio/7689/articlepacey.html
Number of Pages: 2
Time spent Reading: 15 Minutes
Date of Reading: 26-11-2001
10. Report on the facts in the text, answering your own questions about it. They should begin with:
Who is the main character of this text?
The main character is Joshua Jackson.
He’s special because he plays Pacey Witter on Dawson’s Creek. A lot of (mostly) girls watch this show every week so he’s famous.
Where does the dramaserie ‘Dawson’s Creek’ play?
It plays in Capeside. It’s a not existing made up village near Boston.
When will the show stop?
The show will stop when there aren’t enough people watching the show. But for now, they don’t know when the show is gonna stop and they don’t have to be afraid, because the WB has announced the show will be on television next season.
Why do American people think Dawson’s Creek is controversial?
The characters on Dawson’s Creek are about 15 or 16 years so like real teenagers, they talk about sex a lot. Some American people don’t like that and that’s why they think it’s controversial.
How does Joshua Jackson see his future?
He hopes to play Pacey Witter for a long time, but when the show stops, he will go back to school to finish university.
JACKSON READY FOR A LONG TRIP ON "DAWSON'S CREEK"
By David Migicovsky
The hourlong drama centers on the lives of four teen-agers starting high school in the fictional Boston suburb of Capeside. Young Dawson (James Van der Beek) hopes to be the next Steven Spielberg. In the opener, he is informed by his best friend, Joey (Katie Holmes), that they can no longer hold sleepovers because of their new physical maturity. Actually, Joey is developing a crush on Dawson, which becomes apparent when he falls for the new girl in town, Jennifer (Michelle Williams). Rounding out the quartet is Dawson's friend Pacey (Joshua Jackson), who is not interested in any of the other three. He's flirting with his new English teacher (Leann Hunley).
Jackson has his own humorous take on the makeup of the show. "We've got Dawson; he's our Captain America, our hero," he says. "Then you've got Jen, who's the bombshell; unfortunately for her, everybody has to root against her, because everybody's supposed to root for Joey. And then you got me... I rake the muck. I hop in, do something silly, and I leave. That's my job. Three days a week - it's great. I'm like the comic relief of the show. As long as I keep on getting the girl, everything's OK. That's in my contract; I'll do any goofy thing you want me to do, but I got to get the girl."
One thing Jackson would like to make abundantly clear is that he does not share Pacey's proclivities. Except for his third-grade French teacher, Jackson says his own teachers were a rather uninspiring group. He was expelled from two Vancouver-area high schools and doesn't have many happy memories of his education.
"I wish my English teacher looked like this woman on TV," Jackson admits. "She's gorgeous. Only on television, unfortunately. That's the most fantastic part of the entire show - now that I'm sleeping with my English teacher, but that she'd look like that. Maybe when I go to university."
Jackson has interrupted his education for "Dawson's Creek," but he hopes to continue it when the series ends. Right now, he's enjoying his success, which seems to be filled with equal popularity and notoriety. "Controversy is what gets people talking, but little girls are going to fall in love with James... it's like me when I was in 'Mighty Ducks'." The thing is, they won't fall in lust with James; he won't be the heartthrob. He'll be the nice guy they want to take home to Mom. 'Cause that's what James is. Even when you meet him, he's the nicest man I've ever met in my entire life."
After Pacey's educational adventures come to their inevitable end in a few weeks, the focus for the remainder of the first season will be the Dawson-Joey-Jen triangle, letting Pacey fade into the background a bit. "I basically become Jiminy Cricket for the second half of the season," Jackson says. "I'm the one telling Dawson, 'Listen man, what you've gotta do.' That's how we spend the second half of the season, with me as the good boy. Well not really - as good as I can be. That's the toughest acting job I've ever had, being the good kid."
One aspect of the show that has been controversial in the States is the amount of time the characters spend talking about sex.
"We're much less Puritan up here than they are across the border," Jackson contends. "The outrage comes from this vocal minority in the States, so their importance gets blown out of proportion and people kind of kowtow to this kind of amorphous 'moral majority' that nobody can really pin down. They're really not a huge amount of people, but they're wealthy and powerful and loud, so you have to toe the party line. Subjectively speaking, different people are going to react differently to the show, and some people are going to find the amount that we speak of sex to be too much, and now going to watch the show. And some people, like yourself and myself are going to go, 'I don't get it. It really doesn't bother me that much.' And in defense of the show, I would like to say that when I was 15... I talked about sex a lot. (And) I was much more crass.
"There's no need to censor that," Jackson continues, "because people will censor themselves. If they don't like the show - if they found that to be terribly offensive - they just turn off the TV. And if enough people turn off the TV, the show's going to get canceled."