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Inside The Actor's Ego

By Expatmum @tonihargis
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 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! 

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