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Hooray for Hollywood
One of my older blogs...can't remember the title at the moment. I think it's about idiotic football players or NBA personalities; we've gotten into this debate about...well, about a lot. Things like racism, bad schools, what we can learn from each other, blah blah blah.
I've found those debates can be fun. When you have them with people that aren't either far left or far right. Nothing irritating me more than talking with a professor friend of mine that is always involved in the rights of minorities in the San Fran area. He's so convinced that everyone is out to keep different races and poor people down. You basically can't even reason with him. And that's usually the case with hardcore liberals. Don't get me wrong, I'd rather spent the day with one of them, as oppose to a Rush Limbaugh/Glenn Beck/Hannity type.
And that whole debate got me thinking about Bret Michaels. You know him. The singer of Poison. Star of the goofy reality show "Rock of Love," where he gets to sleep with 20 women and decide which one he likes best (until the next season rolls around). The women don't seem to mind his dorky Ed Hardy shirts, bandana and hair extensions.
The reason I thought of him was because he was on the Tony Awards last night (one of the few award shows I don't watch). As he was finishing up his song (on a side note: what was the reason for him performing a song? did he have anything to do with the theatre?)
Part of the set came down on him and fractured his nose and cut his face. And, as funny as it was seeing him hit the deck on his back...I wanted to talk about the shows host, Neil Patrick Harris. Better known to some as Doogie Howser; or others as the sex maniac in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (has a movie title ever more accurately described the film? I guess "Dude, Where's my Car?" is a close second)
Every time I see Harris on a talk show, I'm laughing. He has a great sense of humor. He can be self-depricating. He tells interesting stories. And, although I didn't see him hosting the awards show the other night, I'm sure he was hysterical.
Yet, I had seen so many interviews with bitter actors that can't find work. And they blame it on a role they had as a child. They claim that casting directors only see that one character they played, and because of that, they don't get the work.
I just don't buy it. Who would think they could cast an adult Doogie and make him believable? And yet he is great as a womanizer on "How I Met Your Mother." Heck, we even know he's gay and the part he plays still works.
I see people like Tom Arnold working studily in films, so anyone can. Well...I'm not saying anyone can just go to Hollywood and make it in film. I'm saying that anyone that has already had prior success, should be able to continue making a career out of it.
I saw that Lou Diamond Phillips was on that reality show "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here." He's one of the only actual celebrities on the show.
He could've argued that nobody would hire him because they just think of Ritchie Valens from La Bamba. Yet I saw him play a completely different character in the underrated Denzel Washington/Meg Ryan movie "Courage Under Fire." I know he's done lots of other movies, I'm just making a point. It's a completely different character. One that is a boxer in the military, a bully, and suicidal. Yet he snagged the part.
I know a DJ that interviewed Jerry Mathers (better know as the Beaver). He complained of people not hiring him because they just thought of his Leave it to Beaver character. Well, I don't buy it. I think he was probably a bad actor (his interviews are never interesting).
Another thing that I think happens to child actors is, they get an ego. They might be used to having a trailor all to themself, getting what ever they want, who knows. And when they get older, they haven't dealt with people the way others who have grown up normally.
I know Judge Reinhold said nobody would hire him and he didn't blame them. He said he was so difficult and made such demands, that people just got tired of dealing with it.
But instead of looking at all the other reasons that child actors go on to a life of drugs, crime, and no work in acting...it's easier for everyone to write stories about how big, bad Hollywood just chews them up and spits them out.
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