I see that there's a fourth one of the Pirates of the Caribbean coming out. A fourth one, really? I found them enjoyable, but...
I'm reminded that Johnny Depp was asked in his Actor's Studio interview why he had never played a leading man, and he answered that he "refused to be made a commodity". Huh. The Pirates films are based on a theme park game, it hardly gets more commercial than that.
... And Nicolas Cage is in a new action movie, one of those fast-car thingies. Sigh.
I used to wonder: how much money do these people really need? But then I looked at the Hollywood lifestyle. If you are a big star, you just can't really settle down in an apartment in a reasonably priced neighborhood. For one thing, you wouldn't be left alone by gawkers and paparazzi. For another, and this is stupid, but: would you be considered for big-ticket movies if you look so unsuccessful that you "have to" live in a small apartment?
In other words, once you're successful in Hollywood, you're locked into a lifestyle so expensive that you have to keep being successful, or you're fokked.
That it is easy to over-do a lavish lifestyle is another thing of course.