Emily Blunt was recently out promoting her new film The Young Victoria and she went on one of those “I am a most serious ac-tor” rambles that you occasionally hear from entertainers for whom success came way too early and way too easy.
It’s just never been important to me to make a big splash and I don’t care for it.
You studied acting but the size of your audience is irrelevant? Okay, whatever. You’re an idiot. I can’t stand it when entertainers turn their success into a burden.
Singer Nora Jones (All of her songs sound exactly alike. Boring.) said of the meteoric success of her first album:
On the first record I was everywhere, and it was, like, the worst time in my life.
Nora is also an idiot. Then that little punk Michale Cera (Plays the same character in every film. Boring.) said:
I don’t really want to be famous, and I’m kind of scared that might be happening.
Then why did you get into acting?! Another idiot. I think Emily and Michael and Nora should all be loaded aboard a rocket ship pointed towards obscurity and failure. I volunteer to press the ignition button.
Last month I posted this quote from Brad Pitt:
It’s so tough being an actor. Sometimes they bring you coffee and sometimes it’s cold. And sometimes you don’t have a chair to sit on.
See the difference?
My most recent fortune from a fortune cookie:
That’s what I’m afraid of.
Sunday is the 20th anniversary and 450th episode of The Simpsons. I have never watched an episode of The Simpsons. It’s not something I avoided and I’m not trying to sound like I’m above that sort program. I just never got around to watching it.
I have also never seen Gone With the Wind, The Sound of Music or an episode of The Wire. But I did see Laurence of Arabia at the Zigfield in Manhattan, which has a monster screen. That was pretty cool.
I love when you do a take-down post.
you seem rather bitter.
I am proud to say I’ve never seen Titanic. It could be that I’m the only person over the age of 15 who hasn’t. My little claim to fame.
Before I begin, I just have to say that the comment from “Anonymous” made me laugh out loud. Whoever it is can’t be a regular reader. Unless, of course, they were going for the comedy.The quotes from those eschewing fortune and fame reminded me of a song by a band I stumbled onto several years ago. The band is called Fisher and they wrote and recorded a song in response to – I believe – a speech someone named Fiona Apple gave at the Grammy awards one year. They used to have an mp3 of the tune on their site, but it’s gone now. However, the lyrics are posted. It’s rather apropos, don’t you think?The LifeI listened to you / / from your pedestalTelling us all how your world was full of shitWhy couldn’t you bow and say, “Thank you all”…To everyone who made you what you areIt sent my heart, hurt, crashing down’Cause these are my dreams your bashingYOU’RE LIVING THE LIFECAN’T YOU SEE YOU ARE LIVING THE LIFEYOU’RE LIVING THE LIFE THAT I ONLY DREAMThe kingdom you own – does it bring you down?I’ll gladly relieve you ofyou’re big, shiny crownYou say it’s so frus-trat-ing nowI can’t believe you’re fakingLIVING THE LIFESEEMS TO ME YOU ARE LIVING THE LIFEYOU’RE LIVING A WONDERFUL, WONDERFULLIFETell me would you really rather bea nobody nobody knows?YOU’RE LIVING THE LIFEDON’T YOU SEE YOU ARE LIVING THE LIFEYOU’RE LIVING THE LIFE THAT I WANTEDYOU’RE LIVING THE LIFEPLEASE DON’T TELL ME MY DREAM IS A LIE’CAUSE THIS IS THE WAY THAT I FILL MY HEARTFILL MY HEARTWhy don’t you go wrong placefly away homefly away homeGo on and GoWhy Don’t You Gofly away homefind your way homeAs to the fortune cookie fortune, I hope it’s seriously off the mark.
I’v heard of James Blunt, but not Emily. Never heard of the Cera guy either. I’ve never seen the Simpsons and there are always Simpsons clues in the NYT crossword and it makes me crazy. I am, however, addicted to The Real Housewives on Orange County.
“Fame. I want to live forever…”in a culture that celebrates small achievements from pretty people? they really aren’t going to live forever. there’s another one just around the corner….i take some solace in that…
I love it when celebrities or pseudo-celebrities whine!
Oh please don’t tell me they are trying to say it is all in the art.. after seeing Emily, I have to say, maybe a little more practice deary. Or she could go for her much needed obscurity. I have seen some episodes of the Simpsons, it was the only way that I could engage one of my cases.
being famous is cool but desiring it is seen as not so much by those who have it.two of my blogging friends were recently named the most influential women on Twitter. Laugh. But Twitter is a hugely influential medium – whether for good or complete evil is still open for debate.Anyway, one of them has spent time the last few days severely down-playing and pretending she is still just “folk” like other moms, which she isn’t anymore, while the other just said thank you and marveled at the enormity of the feat and what it might mean.There is an age gap – like the examples you cited. Pitt is older and has had time to get real. My second friend example is also older and wiser.I can understand fearing the loss of anonymity and the expectations that come with fame and the fear that it might be fleeting, hence the need to downplay lest you meet up with the envious on your way back down.
if it helps, i don’t even know who the hell Emily Blunt is… take THAT, self-indulgent and pretentious actors!
I always thought George Clooney had it pretty sorted in a Brad Pitt kind of way, too. I like it when actors embrace their fame a little bit. Like when Clooney played a trick on the paparazzi by playing on a rumour that someone famous was getting married at his house. Instead of denying it, he put a huge marquee up in his garden, getting tables, chairs and party stuff delivered…resulting in the paps spending vast amounts of money putting helicopters into the air to take photos of it all. Genius.In regards to the Simpsons stuff, I only watched Scarface and The Godfather this August. That’s blasphemy for a girl with a masters in film studies. Luckily, I got to see them on the big screen at the cinema, so it was worth the wait. (Well Scarface was, I thought the Godfather was really boring. Blasphemy, again)
Leah: Let me know when I go on too long.Anon: Who? Me? Cat: You’re not missing much. Don’t believe the hype.Rob: Anon is probably a Michael Cera fan. Or the man, himself. Mrs. Wife and I actually SAW Finoa Apple open for Chris Issac and all she did was complain throughout her whole set. What a pill!HIF: My not so secret addiction is Survivor. It’s the original and I can’t get enough of it.Daisy: What an insane aspiration. Living forever. It’s tough to live up to.Point: Typically, I am amused by their boo-hoo-hooing but sometimes it rubs me the wrong way.St. Jude: Emily’s movie got lukewarm reviews here in the States. I’m just point out.Annie: Twitter is not to be scoffed at. It helped propel a revolution in Iran.Jo: Guys like Clooney, Pitt and Springsteen seem to handle their fame with a great amount of dignity. Scarface was too violent and over the top for sensitive old me.
It was really hard for me when I was famous. So hard I opted for a obscure job in IT where customers bash me with relish. *Has strange vision of self covered in chopped pickles*I wish I had never seen Titanic. Cat, stay strong.
I think you should netflix the Simpson’s DVDs. Knowing you as I do, I think you would most certainly appreciate it. And yeah, celebs need to stop complaining.
Norah Jones’ songs do all sound the same. That is all.