Jim Bennett: There's no excuse for difficult actors

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  • gee-en Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:58 a.m.

    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 filters/moderators.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:22 a.m.

    West Granger--

    Well said!

  • windsor City, Ut
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:19 a.m.

    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 follow.

  • ScottKB Gilbert, AZ
    Aug. 9, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    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.

  • Springvillepoet Springville, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 8:02 a.m.

    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.

  • empty American Fork, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 6:22 a.m.

    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.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 9, 2013 12:11 a.m.

    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...

  • WestGranger West Valley City, Utah
    Aug. 8, 2013 11:36 p.m.

    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.

  • SamBen London, 00
    Aug. 8, 2013 9:14 p.m.

    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 seeking.

  • Just an Observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 6:55 p.m.

    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.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 6:17 p.m.

    Jim, I've heard cast and crew are required to applaud each of her takes when Charlize Theron is in a movie.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Aug. 8, 2013 5:17 p.m.

    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.