Thursday, October 25, 2012

Inside The Actor's Ego

This is one of those posts where you start off writing about one thing, and it morphs into something completely different.

I was going to comment on an article I read about Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. Here it is - I was going to express disbelief that, to this day, she doesn't really know what the movie "Eyes Wide Shut" was about. She says - 'People have asked me if Stanley ever told us what Eyes Wide Shut was about — and the answer is no. He didn't believe in interpretation." Hmmm. 

I was going to ask how many of us take on a project or a piece of work without knowing what it's all about, but perhaps if someone were to offer me ten million at the same time, I might just dive in too.

And then I got distracted. I made the mistake of looking up other stupid quotes by actors and artistes. Oh my, the egos!

On losing the lead role in The Thin Red Line Adrian Brody apparently said - "It kind of felt like a soldier coming home after giving his soul and then not being appreciated." Clearly Adrian Brody has never even read about the Vietnam veterans. 

And then we have Miley Cyrus talking about herself and her boyfriend (whose name escapes me, mainly because I don't care) - "I think we're deeper than normal people." Oh, is that what you call it? I might just have to explain to people that my dog is "deep" instead of thick as a plank then. 

And this one's not just outrageously immodest, but clearly from someone who's over thinking things. Beyonce- "Sometimes it's overwhelming. Why did God give me my talent, my gift, my family? But I know you're not supposed to question God."  It made me think back to all the talented accountants, lawyers, sales assistants, plumbers and dentists I've known. I swear I never heard one of them express the same wonder at their gifts. What is it about artistes?

Mind you, I blame old Gywneth P. who's quoted as saying "Beyonce is the most talented human being on the planet." Really? I mean I quite liked the Single Ladies routine (the first fifty times) but I doubt there's a Nobel prize coming any time soon.

I really hope this one has been taken out of context because I love Ben Affleck, but lordy - "I just feel like sometimes I'm a force to be dealt with. My talents are sometimes over-used and sometimes underused. It's not easy being me." I assume this is before he got together with the lovely Jennifer Garner, because she would've clipped him round the ear for that one. 

At least Jerry Hall had the decency to say "If I weren't so beautiful, maybe I'd have more character."

Unlike Donald sodding Trump who reckons - "All of the women on "The Apprentice" flirted with me - consciously or unconsciously. That's to be expected." ('Scuse me while I bring up my breakfast.) Don't you love the Freudian slip there - most women would have to be unconscious to flirt with you Donald, but I think you meant "subconsciously". 

But one of the best (only because it doesn't bear thinking about) is from dear Courtney Love who allegedly said "I do wish I ruled the world - I think it's be a better place." Oh I bet you do. A world where no one has to take care of their own children, and where it's perfectly OK to turn up pissed or high everywhere you go. Rock on Courtney.

All I can say is thank the stars none of them are running the country! 


  1. A great read! Very funny and sad at the same time! Oh Donald Trump, what a waste of space that man is. Such ego that he has built a vast & gastly golf course in Scotland to the detriment of local residents and the natural environment.

  2. What a great post, I laughed along with everything you ranted about. Spot on!

  3. My favorite Paltrow quote of all time is - "We have great dinner parties at which everyone sits around talking about politics, history, art, and literature -- all this peppered with really funny jokes. But back in America, I was at a party and a girl looked at me and said, 'Oh, my God! Are those Juicy jeans that you're wearing?' and I thought, I can't stay here. I have to get back to Europe."

    Sounds like Knowle West to me...

  4. Trump is the King of Idiocy! :-)

  5. I think having huuugggee egos must go with the territory of being an artiste! It's hard to believe some of what comes out of their mouths... I think Kidman may be being a bit faux-naive...

    I loved this piece of writing, Expatrice, such a hoot, thank you!

    Since you were shot out of that cannon, you have been firing on every cylinder!

    Fhina x

  6. I think these so called "stars" get big heads and egos because they are unconditionally adored too much. Where are their reality checks? I hope none of them ever have children or any real power over other living beings. It's a darn shame if they already do.

  7. Hilarious! and Spot On. What a bloody vacuous bunch they are. Gwynneth, Beyonce and Miley. Isn't there a village somewhere where they could all live in anonymity and just preen their massive egos so we don't have to listen to their stupidity? Barf!
    They could take Oprah with them too for my money.
    and Brad, Angelina and not forgetting Madonna! I'd even pay her fare.

  8. Love this, really made me laugh. Jerry's quote is fab.

  9. Great post - I had no idea that these artists led such tragic lives! Loved Jerry Hall's quote - always wondered why I had such excellent character; now I know.

  10. Gwynnie is the worst. Almost everything that comes out of that woman's mouth demonstrates what an entitled twit she is.

    I like the actors/actresses/celebrities who just do their jobs and shut up about everything else.

  11. hah, very good! I just spent a weekend with a bunch of actors, never mind their egos, it was the constant competing for attention that got me!

  12. Funny! The problem of course is that many of these starts think themselves very clever indeed and some of them have political ambitions - didn't US have an actor President once. Wink, wink.

    Helena xx

  13. Helena - Ah, yes. Unfortunately, while some of them are quite smart (Sean Penn and Leo DeCapprio perhaps), they all seem think they can waffle on about anything and everything and we all have to listen.

  14. I've always had a soft spot for Jerry Hall. Truthfully she hasn't aged that well, maybe because she's clung onto that Studio 54 long hair look when she was 17, but she seems a good girlfriend type. Most of these actors cannot string a sentence together to save themselves. Even if they are good actors. The fact is they read someone else's lines to do their job.

  15. If only they knew what they were saying! Their values are nil and their super ego will surely deflate at some point in their lives. Maybe they secretly know but they are covering up inferiority.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  16. Spot on Maggie. Most of them are so insecure it's pathetic, but a few of them actually truly think they are God's gift!

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  18. I'm sure you could have filled the whole post with Courtney Love quotes, but great insight anyway. Thanks for the laughs.

  19. Love that one from Jerry Hall! And enjoyed the idea of women having to be unconscious to flirt with DT.

    Glad you enjoyed Parents' Week-end - perhaps the lack of sleep was an insightful reminder of what student life is like.

  20. Most upset when Jerry Hall was booted out of Strictly Come Dancing last week. Admittedly she wasn't a great dancer but hey, when did that ever matter. Just loved her dry wit.


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