Originally Posted by Benning Boy
The problem is that too many actors think that their fame obligates them to put their beliefs and causes out there..
It's not just actors/actresses I am afraid, it's everyone that gets their 15 minutes. Since when did selling records, or tickets, or whatever, make you an expert on ANYTHING worldy?
I'll be honest, Bono could offer me a hot weekend get away with Playboy's Centerfold of the Month to sit through one of his "speeches" about Africa and what HE thinks needs to be done there, and I still wouldn't go. I wouldn't cross the street to p*ss in that midgets mouth if his teeth were on fire. Arrogant little SOB.
As for sgtdeath - There is something you need to factor in, and it's called "Front End" and "Back End" in Hollywood and it's not what you are thinking.
Most actors are paid on the "Front End" - meaning they sign on for a movie to make "X" and that is all they get paid regardless of how well a movie does. It's safer to pay to see a movie with these types of stars in them if you don't agree with their points of view, because your money isn't directly going into their pocket. The worst you do is help their career by making them number whatever at the box office.
Actors like Cruise/Will Smith/Cameron Diaz/Clooney - and a few others off the top of my head, have "Back End" deals, which means not only do they make a guaranteed sum to make the movie, they also get a portion of the proceeds of the ticket sales. That means you are putting money directly into that stars pocket by going to see the movie in theaters, plus helping their career by making it Number One at the box office.
Now, take a complete social f**ktard like Sean Penn, his list of lunacy and self serving BS could fill an entire thread. By going to see some recent piece of crap that guy puts out, you not only put money directly into his pocket, because he is usually attached to the film in a producer type role, but you give him an even bigger stage to spout off about and give him his so desired Academy Acclaim.
If pop stars and film stars want to save the world, then stop chartering $50K plane rides to go get dinner and start funding some of these causes. Stop running your new Aston Martin into the back of delivery truck while trying to get "away" from the paparrazzi that you hoped would be there anyways. Stop getting so messed up on drugs and alcohol that you need to spend $30K a month to go into rehab.
Try 2 weeks in North Africa. Sober your ass right up. Spend a month with our troops in the 'Stan or Iraq, bring your wealth, your toys, your privledge and share it with the people that are protecting your stupid asses.
Toby Keith did it. So did Ted Nugent. You don't see them up on some soap box talking about when they were on patrol with such and such company.
They didn't bring 11 reporter with them, then promptly get so far in over their own heads in their "rescue" attempt ( due to their own stupidity ) that they needed rescuing.
The Hollywood "Elite" needs the same reality check that half the rest of the country needs. I guarantee you, if a car bomb went off next to the red carpet premiere of some new high dollar, high production, commercial movie, you would see a conscious awakening in about half a heart beat.
*gets off soapbox and wanders off*