Talent Should Not Equal Tantrums and Tedium

Deja vu for Messer Crowe

I was going to blog about the most obvious subject going right now. It’s being called many things, Frankenstorm, Superstorm, The Perfect Storm and of course it’s original moniker of Hurricane Sandy. But honestly? I think that what little I would have to say on the subject wouldn’t interest anyone. Afterall, I haven’t lived through it.

I’ve been “surfing” the net for news of the devastation that Sandy has visited on the US and I stumbled on an article that had been posted on blockbuster.co.uk.

If you bothered to follow the link, you’re probably as bored as I am. So my bored friend and neighbors what do you think of the casting choices? My immediate problem (apart from the fact that the film is based on a Biblical event) is that Russell “Bloody” Crowe is in the lead role. As Noah??

Now before I get started, I will state that I do not know Mr Crowe personally. We have never met, nor have we done business together. But after reading the miles of print on this man’s odious behaviour, I wouldn’t want to.

Crowe is a perfect example of how not to act if you are a “star.” Entire forests could be decimated in the effort to put to print his acts of rudeness and unpleasantness towards his fans and members of the paparazzi. *Okay, so some of the paparazzi probably deserve it. But not all of them are that obtrusive.*

It is inexcusable that Crowe can be so vile towards the members of the movie going public whose bums on seats have helped to cement his status as a film star. Thus far Crowe has been documented striking, assaulting (once with a mobile [cell] phone) verbally abusing, or just downright being rude to fans.

The only “good” thing I’ve heard about Crowe is his treatment of his co-workers. So far only Christian Bale has been seen to be vile and abusive to his fellow film crew members.

*Warning Contains Adult Language.*

Okay, fair enough that this poor bugger got in Bale’s line of sight. But come on! It’s a movie! Bale wasn’t working on a cure for cancer or  how to solve the world’s hunger problem was he.

Russell Crowe on the other hand has not lashed out at any of his co-workers.

Just his fans.

Oh and the occasional radio interviewer:

If you listen carefully, you won’t hear one hint of animosity from the interviewers tone. Crowe just decided to be insulted by the question and then rudely cut the interview short.

I will not knowingly put one penny in the pocket of either Russell Crowe or Christian Bale. Both actors seem to be of the opinion that their talent puts them above everyone else. Manners, disposition, and laws do not apply to them.

Wrong.

Like the title suggests, talent should not equal tedious behavior. Lashing out at co-workers and fans is not admirable nor is it acceptable. In this day and age where everyone is listening via the internet, it’s not a good idea. If you want people to continue to watch your films, straighten up.

I will mention that I did watch Terminator Salvation (the oh so important film that Bale verbally crucified his crew member on). I did this only to see if the film was worthy of such rage and obvious frustration from Bale.

It was not.

Eu tu Christian?

About Michael Knox-Smith

World traveler, writer, actor, vlogger, blogger, journalist. Cinephile who reviews films, television, YouTube shows, Books and interviews professionals in the industry. Member Nevada Film Critics Society

8 thoughts on “Talent Should Not Equal Tantrums and Tedium

  1. Why do I have the feeling if I were interviewing Russel Crowe I would have said, “Then your bloody English accent sucks, mate.” That interviewer is much more patient than I am, I guess.

    I did a television commercial once. During the shoot someone asked if I wanted something to drink and got it for me and I thought, “Wow, this is cool having people at my beck and call.” I would imagine being exposed to that enough might engender a feeling of entitlement. I don’t know. I just couldn’t imagine treating someone like that. I might say, “Dude, you’re in my light!” but I’d leave it at that.

    1. It’s funny that you should mention the telly commercial, I did one in 1989 for Tonka. I had everyone at my beck and call and was told off for getting in line to get my lunch. They explained that apart from the toy, I was the star of the advert and someone would bring me my lunch. And that was a non-union shoot! It’s easy to see how these “stars” can get so unpleasant. Cheers mate, as always!

  2. My dad hates Sean Penn. Doesn’t matter that Sean Penn went to Haiti and the aftermath of Katrina, Sean Penn beat up photographers in the 80s so he hates him. I guess I don’t hold actors to similar standards; I get irritated by them sometimes, but for their acting, not their antics.

    1. I find it increasingly hard to forgive poor behaviour by people who rely on the money of the great “unwashed” public for their existence. I always remember my first ex-wifes mother telling the story of John Wayne in Hawaii. He was at her dad’s military base filming something and he never failed to graciously sign autographs and pose for pictures. He said on more than one occasion that, “If it wasn’t for the fans, I’d still be Michael Morrison.” Oh and I’m not a huge fan of Sean Penn either. For pretty much the same reason. Thanks for taking the time to share. Cheers mate! :-)

  3. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I agree with you on this. Crowe as Noah is absurd, firstly. But more importantly, any actor that treats their fans, co-workers, or anyone really, in that way definitely doesn’t deserve our hard-earned money. I used to love Crowe, namely because of Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, and he remained a favorite for some time afterwards. Not only does he overrate himself, but so does Christian Bale, amongst many others. Bale was another one I grew to love for a while, with films like the Dark Knight trilogy, The Prestige, and The Machinist. But when I heard a snippet from his ‘tantrum’ for Terminator: Salvation, which I’d absolutely agree was not worth his childish raging, I really lost tremendous respect. It’s strange because I know he was there for the victims of the Dark Knight Rises theater massacre, but after gaining such a bad rep, you can’t help but wonder if he was just seeking a little good PR. It’s a terrible shame we’d ever think that, but when these guys do what they do time and again to regular people, or to someone like Bale’s cameraman buddy, we really can’t be blamed. My late Grandpa used to have a saying when I was little, about celebrities and/or the wealthy who mistreat those who make/made them what they are: “The really must think that their shit doesn’t stink like the rest of us.” Not the prettiest of images, xD but still very true. They forget that they’re people, who were born in to the world just as sloppily as the rest, and who’ll one day leave the world just as suddenly, and perhaps without any real fanfare. Haha kinda got ranting, but you get my point, I’m sure. Can you tell I can’t stand those who abuse or put others down to elevate themselves!? LOL Great post, Mike! :)

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