Where Do Big-Stars Get-off Being So Hoity-Toity ... etc?

@mythociate (13822)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
December 30, 2012 3:29pm CST
This latest movie-production of Les Miserables is just ... it's 'the straw that broke the camel's back' for me; that was supposed to be me up there singing "Master of the House" (I mean, that is my middle-name ... the ancient root of "Harry" being 'house-master'). I mean, why don't big-stars regularly publish laments for all the 'hardship' they must go through to earn their places in the world's heart? So that we can appreciate that they 'do it all' so that we-the-little-people don't have to? (I remember my brief stint as an 'actor'---how stressful it is to go to audition-after-audition, and how--once you land a part--you have to be on-call for the months/years of rehearsal, bending your schedule to the will of the production-people; (And then--when you're in rehearsal--you learn that the ending production isn't the way YOU imagine it, but it's an amalgam of all the players' & producers' imaginings. You end up with something that is out of your control!) But I never became a big star! Big-star actors are infamously compensated for all the time they spent in the little-leagues. Still; I guess I wanna hear about big-actors' pre-starhood hardships, to tie down this little green monster in me that thinks Les Miserables looks like too much FUN to be paying them to do it! Have you heard about any actors' pre-stardom hardships?
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@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
30 Dec 12
I've read about some in biographies. But I mostly just go to enjoy the show, and it's rare that I get interested in a star's life.
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@mythociate (13822)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
31 Dec 12
But the tabloids crowd the media with news of stars 'goin` out & havin` a good-ol` time,' and I feel that that talk should be 'balanced' by talk of the "hardship" of an actor's life.
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@dawnald (84126)
• Shingle Springs, California
31 Dec 12
Oh well, the "tabloids". That says it all right there.
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@mythociate (13822)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
31 Dec 12
It STARTS at the tabloids http://search.mylot.com/search.aspx?t=web&k=etymonline+tabloid?ref=mythociate Then web-writers etc. pick it up as "news," and it evolves into "truth." (as one of the linked-to etymologies tells us, "tabloid" used to be a trademarked practice by which lots of chemicals were compressed into one pill. "By 1898, it was being used figuratively to mean a compressed form or dose of anything, hence tabloid journalism (1901), and newspapers that typified it (1918), so called for having short, condensed news articles and/or for being small in size.")
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@ZoeJoy (1395)
• United States
30 Dec 12
Not interested in hearing about pre-stardom hardships. And especially not interested in movie stars telling everyone how difficult life is now that they are famous. Pleeez. If you choose to be famous, then deal with being famous. I just laugh at how so many movie stars complain about their lives when they are so well paid, live in multi-million dollar homes, etc. I appreciate the unsung heroes - the military who serve and sacrifice for our freedoms. The volunteers who serve at food banks and help the poor and homeless, etc. These are the people I really respect and appreciate.
• Calgary, Alberta
31 Dec 12
Military people, also known as the pawns of worldbanks to earn more money. yes world banks makes a lot of cash whenever these young patriotic people sacrifice their live for their countries, government, church and people. These people are being used as pawns and victims so big corporations can make lots of cash. may admire their love of country but they were sacrificing their lives for just to make secret societies richer,
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• Calgary, Alberta
30 Dec 12
are the actors and actresses who desperately used casting couch route considered a prestardorm hardship? Or how about the Biracial stars who passed as white so they can get roles....I wont mention names but you know a lot of biracial stars hides half of their ethnicity to get roles. I know certain biracial stars who did that just to get to where they are now. Then we have the 2nd generation stars, who didn't struggle on their careers , they just lucky to have faous parents. Oh I forgot about the childstar with nasty stage parents who forced them to be stars eventhough they wanted a normal life.
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@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
4 Jan 13
Other than the joy of being entertained, there's nothing about actors that interest me; so I know nothing about their lives, before they became stars or even after. Of course, that makes it difficult when doing the entertainment crossword puzzles in the news paper.
@mythociate (13822)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
21 Jan 13
You mean it never bothers you that they GET PAID BIG MONEY to do stuff most people would do for FREE?
@bestboy19 (5482)
• United States
22 Jan 13
Why should I be bothered?
@mythociate (13822)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
22 Jan 13
You're right ... if YOU get paid that much for pursuing YOUR favorite hobby.
@karjatwala (1137)
• Pune, India
31 Dec 12
Yes now the casting couch is what what stars and starlets do to get to the top and fast too. And not only for stars, but now it seems that this has become a prerequisite for female employees in many of the corporate houses, business, airlines, hotel industry, modelling etc. Not only you have to compromise with your seniors but to reach your targets you even have to compromise with your clients to get the much needed deal to reach your target.
@mythociate (13822)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
31 Dec 12
So the exclamation "Who do I have to sleep with to get a job in this town?" is slowly turning from a 'joke' into a 'serious question'?
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
1 Jan 13
It was a Joke? The "Casting Couch" may have become a Cliche over time,but it was a reality..
@mythociate (13822)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
21 Jan 13
I thought 'the Casting Couch' was just 'where the casting-director & -staff sit (when there's no table) while you audition for them'; that the whole 'sleeping with'-aspect happened OUTSIDE the audition-room
• United States
1 Jan 13
Your rant reminds me of when I held auditions back at film school (which I dropped out of, thank God, but that's another story) and as a 'lowly' student filmmaker, had to deal with the 'lowly' aspiring actors. Some of them were truly great people who showed up, studied hard, were exceptionally nice, tried their best, and those guys usually got the part. Some of them, not so much. I recall more than one person who showed up to the audition, talked my ear off with complaints about how it was to 'make-it.' We (the student filmmakers) didn't like it when they complained about how hard it was to make it. We knew how hard it was to make it. Maybe that's the reason you don't hear much about a star's pre-stardom hardships, because nobody in the industry likes a whiner. But on the contrary, I do hear about star's pre-stardom hardships. I've read in biographies, seen in specials, heard on some news segments, and those oh-so-inspirational look at all the famous successful people's rejections lists. I think in some cases, the stars don't talk about those bad times anymore because the bad times are behind them (and nobody likes a whiner). If they do talk about it, it's to be an inspiration to others and remind themselves how far they've come.
@mythociate (13822)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
1 Jan 13
Yeah, because the first part of living 'the life' involves "affirming the life you want to live." And the mind's "affirmationalness" doesn't differentiate between 'the life you had but don't like' and 'the life you have now & do like' (or 'the life you will soon have and will like better'). So it's dangerous for any actor (new or old) to think about the life they used to live if they don't have spouse-&-family to preserve the better life for them.
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• United States
1 Jan 13
"Affirmationalness"? Is that a real word? I don't know about dangerous, but maybe just out of mind. If a star's made it and they're happy, why should they even think about the past?
@joliefille (3697)
• Philippines
2 Jan 13
The pre-stardom hardships are not really as publicized these days. I've read of a few but they don't stay longer under fresh news. I also think that we are hearing less of pre-stardom hardships because this generation has mostly been about who is backed by whom and not for talent per se. I see this often in the music industry.
@mythociate (13822)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
21 Jan 13
Maybe it's the subconscious memory of 'abundant operations in the royal court,' where you stand up and get your way because you inherited it.
@cupkitties (6702)
• United States
31 Dec 12
Yes, I've caught a few things here and there about there only because other people were listening to it. Really I'd just prefer to enjoy the movies,plays, shows etc. When we get all worried about any celebrities life, we only lining the pockets of inhuman trash like the paparazzi. A good reason to avoid those gossip mags too.
@mythociate (13822)
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
31 Dec 12
But the fame! Shouldn't ACTORS/ACTRESSES be paying US for GIVING THEM that fame?
@KrauseHome (33249)
• United States
2 Feb 13
Yes, look at all the stories you constantly hear about Tyler Perry and what he has had to endure to make it where he is today. He was a poor black kid with a Big dream and took yrs. to get off the ground. He even got rejected a couple of times but never gave up. Look at who and where he is today. He deserves all the Good fame and fortune coming his way, as he and his movies and plays are awesome.
@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
31 Dec 12
I think a lot of the Hoity-Toityness could be coming from them doing that never-to-be-done thing of believing their own publicity.. The image of the stars is crafted,edited,and polished until it shines.. The thing is,the people putting them on pedestals are also the same ones capable of kicking it over.. The cliche of Actors working as wait staff while anticipating their break into the limelight would be quite accurate,I think..I'm not a star chaser,so have no inside info worth sharing on how rocky the road up was for someone....While I enjoy an actor's work,I'm not going to go trawling through the paparazzi magazines or other media on a daily basis just to see them having an off day and being pulled down for it.. The same goes for what they did before..if they earned their break and paid their dues,Good for them!
• United States
31 Dec 12
If you want a movie that will be the way YOU imagine it, then YOU can be the producer, screenwriter, director, and lead actor/actress.