Saturday, February 19, 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean... 4?

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.

7 comments:

Ray said...

They obviously don't believe the old saying "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression."

Anonymous said...

You've got to remember that if actors were smart they probably wouldn't be actors.

Alex said...

And Mega Blocks didn't get the franchise rights for Pirates this time around, Lego did.

Theme Park Ride, wrapped around a Cajun restaurant. Same as the Haunted Mansion/House. Strange, they haven't made a film of Autopia or Space Mountain yet.

Anonymous said...

They will when they're desperate enough. Right now everyone is still busy making movies based on comic books and 80s TV series.

crazy joe davola said...

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.

I saw an interview with Ed Begley, Jr. where he said he always advises actors that when they get their "big break" not to immediately buy the huge house, the expensive car, etc., because if you maintain a more modest lifestyle you can be choosier about the roles you take and won't have to do crap just for the money. Doris Roberts said in an interview that the problem witha lot of actors today is that they don't want to be actors, they want to be celebrities and a part of that is having that expensive lifestyle.

eolake said...

Ah yes, very good point. I guess there's a big gap between a decent lifestyle and an extravagant one.

TC [Girl] said...

Here's a little blurb re: some kissin' scenes (16!! to be exact!!) that were cut out of one of Johnny Depp's movies; but...even more importantly, check out this: Leonardo DiCaprio is going to be making a new 'The Great Gatsby' movie! COOL! I can't even find a trailer for it, yet, it's that "fresh!" :-P