I really hate to do this to some of you . . . to let this secret out of the bag. I’m sure some of you will be crushed. Dazed and hurt, wandering listlessly around your house for days. But, well, I’m gonna write it anyway.
Some celebrities are jerks.
I’ll give you a moment to let that settle.
That’s right, you heard me. Some celebrities are a real pain to humanity . . . or at least the other humans that they work with. And although most of you would like to believe that you’d LOVE to have a celebrity as a neighbor, or work with one, or befriend one, or sometimes you even wish you WERE a celebrity, to this I say: careful what you wish for. This is the way one celebrity treats people (warning: Christian Bale drops the F-bomb like 7 times every micro-second):
Yeah, so . . . *awkward silence.*
*deep breath* Begin rant: Now I could maybe, possibly understanding treating another human being like that if you had been performing brain surgery and a muddy stranger runs into the operating room singing “Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush,” and jostles your hand holding a scalpel and your patient dies. But really, Christian. You are an actor. A bloody actor. No one’s going to die if you are “distracted” from this scene. And if your whole life is wrapped up in this movie then, well . . . you’ve got a very small life. Or a very small something.
No one should treat another human that way. Which is why I don’t want to be him, or anyone he works with. And I’d never ever go out to coffee with Christian Bale. Even if he paid. And I’d rather not be his neighbor.
Other celebrities who I wouldn’t want to be neighbors with:
“I’m so embarrassed that I smacked that hotel employee with a telephone, that I’ve started multiple public fights, had so many verbal outbursts, seriously I’m so sorry.” Um . . . if this guy was poor, and/or a different race, he would’ve been jailed. Celebrities and politicians, American Justice’s blind spots.
“My opinion is so important I may have to interrupt you on live TV to spout it.”
Naomi Campbell likes to hit and verbally abuse people, specifically her assistants and maids. Has been sued multiple times for it. Perhaps she’s in the wrong gig: she should have been a boxer or martial artist. Then she could get paid for hitting people.
Something you’d yell at your pet pig after he ate all your cereal:
“A sad, jobless pig who is sad and talentless and sad and jobless and evil and a bad mom, so go (expletive) yourself, sad jobless pig.” Was Charlie Sheen writing to his pet pig? No. He was writing to his wife. Yeesh.
No one will deny he’s one of the best ball players ever. No one will deny he’s also the biggest jerk ever. Whether he’s a rapist or not (2003 sexual assault case)? Only God and that poor girl knows. But I’d certainly never let anyone I loved alone with him.
So really, I’m saying that all of us (fans, consumers, investors, marketers, judges, policemen, maids, managers) should treat celebrities the same as we treat everyone else. Don’t worship them, don’t envy them. Money and fame doesn’t bring happiness, and it’s not the missing puzzle piece to your soul. For some, it brings the exact opposite.
But don’t just take my word for it. I have an interview with RJ, who ran a security team on Hollywood sets for fifteen years. He’s seen these celebrities up close and person. Sometimes TOO close, as you’ll see.
He just came out with a book called Life After Wrap about his experiences. So if you’ve ever wondered what happens on a movie set, you’ll love this true account about what RJ’s seen. He’s a great guy, fun and easy to talk to. A good friend! He has a Security Files blog. Go check him out on twitter ( @securityfiles ) and ‘like’ his page on Facebook!
Now I’ll let the man speak for himself.
Okay, hard questions first. Describe yourself in three words.
Describe Hollywood in one word.
You were a security guard on movie sets. Tell me about the most exciting five minutes of your career and the most boring set you were ever on.
What are some movie sets your security team worked on?
What’s your favorite movie?
What movie have you seen the most times?
What under-appreciated actor do you think deserves an Oscar?
When did you decide to become a writer?
What are some things that go into making a movie that nobody thinks about?
What is your dream movie set to work on?
Tell me about paparazzi and your experiences with them?
What do you like to do for fun?
Where are you completely at peace?
If you had to swim over an ocean of any beverage, what would it be?
Did you ever have to punch an actor in the face, per director’s orders?
What’s on your horizon?
Now I’m intrigued! Can’t wait to hear those unbelievable tales, RJ. There are lots of great things on your horizon and I wish you the best! Thanks for being here.
Ever been disappointed by a celeb?
Should we treat them differently than others?