This is a ranting exchange I had with comedienne Patti Vasquez regarding the Mel Gibson/Dean Richards kerfuffle. Dean is a friend of ours and Mel is…well, a nut job. Part of this was read on air on WGN radio yesterday.
No, this has nothing to do with cancer. But, this is my blog and I have cancer and that means I can do whatever I want here. So, there.
Oh freakin whaa whaa whaa Mel. You make millions of dollars to do a job many would be overjoyed to do. Part of the job is PR interviews. Suck it up and do the dog and pony show like every other actor, professional athlete, and politician has to. Do you think professional baseball players want to be interviewed in the locker room after losing a game? Of course not, but they do it because it goes with the territory. Go cry into your bank statements.
Boy howdy this thing has me hoppin mad. More than I thought. It was a totally legit question. I don’t see Tom Cruise movies anymore because of his wackadoo behavior off screen. I can’t get past it when I see him on TV or in a movie. I can’t “willingly suspend my disbelief” if you will. I just think “crackpot”.
And when you have the privilege of being such an international celeb, the onus is on you to behave with a modicum of sanity. If you can’t be trusted to behave yourself, then for goodness sakes hire someone to babysit you. Hire a sober individual to throw you over his shoulder before you chuck a cell phone at someone’s face, punch a reporter, or sport a concealed weapon in a dance club.
And another thing! (Boy this has me riled up!) If you serve as a CEO of a large company and choose to pontificate publicly on your politics, don’t be surprised if the public associates your views with your product and stops purchasing them. I don’t buy certain products because of the agendas their CEO’s publicly support. (And I’m not going to list them here, because I’m not going to put myself in the same position.)
An actor’s persona is their product and they serve as CEO of their brand. If a celeb chooses to campaign for a particular candidate or issue, they should be prepared for a publicity backlash from the opposing party. It’s part of the deal.
Lest I prove myself to be a loony tunes D-list public figure, I’ll shut up now.
Exactly. I love that Dean had initially turned down the Mel interviews because they wouldn’t allow him to bring up the drinking and anti Semitic rant. Then THEY came back to Dean and asked him to do the satellite interview and offered no restrictions on questions!! Plus, Mel looked maniacally confused when Dean brought it up but I saw Sam Rubin pretty much the same question last week with pretty much the exact reaction from Mel…minus the asshole part because Sam was in the room.
Smile and do your job. Yes, part of your job is going to be saying you have regrets and that you’re sorry for the rest of your career. Suck it up.
Amen sistah. Miniscule price to pay for the ability to act in A list movies.