Jim, I wrote an awesome comment contrasting actors with lawyers...for some
reason desnews did not approve my comment. You may very well be getting millions
of comments to your articles, but most are being denied by desnews anti-wit
West Granger--Well said!
Every group of people out there have these types--not just actors. People
who think whatever they are good at, or their talent, or their money, or their
position exempts them from having to follow rules everybody else is expected to
I agree with everything but the plumber comment. A plumbing company I recently
used would give the worst of Hollywood a run for their money.
I heard this anecdote from an interview with Jerry Lewis when he was accused of
being "difficult."Jerry Lewis said, "Well, you know who
isn't difficult to work with? Troy Donahue."He makes a
good point. In the realm of the arts, we often are willing to put up with
so-called difficult people because they are good at what they do, and those who
aren't so good will sometimes compensate by trying to hard to please and
compromising their artistic integrity.
I understand that Actors might be inclined to this kind of behavior, but I have
seen this hundreds of times throughout my professional career in the business
world - people who act as if their technical/professional expertise justifies
their bad behavior. These employees make terrible colleagues, rotten bosses,
and in the long run the costs they incur to the companies they work for
generally outweigh any value they may add through their technical expertise.
It might be surprising to find out what beloved actors are hard on the crew and
to work with generally. I found Maureen O'Hara's wikipedia entry
quite interesting as in every movie she was ever in over a seven decade career,
she made comments about the film and sometimes the actors and directors she
worked with. Some of the comments were quite positive, others not so much and
some of them were surprising. And being hard to work with isn't new to
this generation of actors...
How many professions give themselves so many awards and recognition? So much
reverence and awe of themselves as a group? How many think that their opinions
carry more weight than the average American? Not all fit into this category but
top actors are certainly overrated and overpaid when you look at their
comparitive importance in society as a whole.
The same producer, Rebecca Eaton, had this to say about Maggie Smith in the
Press Herald, this year:People also ask her things as simple as
“when does the next season start?” (Jan. 5) and as complex as
“What is Maggie Smith really like?” “She is down to earth and
is extremely hard-working. She almost never takes breaks between
projects,” said Eaton, who has visited with actress Smith, who portrays
Violet Crawley on the “Downton” estate set in England.
“She’s wonderful, and the cast loves her. But it’s not like
she does a lot of hanging about.”She's changed her tune
-- which makes last year's comments sound an awful lot like attention
Financial advisors are similar in this regard; the producers at the very top are
often really great guys--haven't dealt with one who fits that description
who is female yet--but there are an awful lot who are somewhere in the middle
who think they can run roughshod over anybody and everybody.
Jim, I've heard cast and crew are required to applaud each of her takes
when Charlize Theron is in a movie.
I bet I could deal with a difficult actor. A cranky customs officer, or a snotty
highway cop, now that's different. And a lot more real.