You’ve heard it - I know I have - “....actors - that’s a group of nuts!”.
You may have heard - “...they’re crazy - batsh*t - out of touch with the “real” world!”.
Well - bullcrap.
Look - here’s the thing - it’s fun to say - I know - I do - I’ve said it before - got big laughs too. Nothing like ripping down the fat cat - especially when they deserve it - and especially when they get too big for their britches - and with all that money too - I get it - I really do.
But in reality - it’s bullcrap.
Now - we all have seen some big named actor being pretty weird - or - down right stupid.
We’ve all seen it - on TV - on the cover of a magazine. Read about it - heard about it - and a few of us - may have even witnessed it.
But - when we’re not being funny - it really is a downright stupid thing to say or believe. Why - well - because it’s flat wrong.
Let me share:
Let’s say - one thinks a certain actor - actor ZZZ - is nuts. Actor ZZZ stars in a movie - and one says - “there he is - that crazy actor s.o.b. - he threw apples at birds while running down Santa Monica Blvd last year!”.
Ok - actor ZZZ is a bit off - I’ll give ya that. Maybe even crazy - but - would one mind counting how many actors are working in that very same movie that actor ZZZ was in. The waitress - the cab driver - the co-star - the twenty - to - one hundred-or-so other actors. The ones working for a living - working night and day to get parts - any part. Check out that credit role - look at all those actor names - but - lets cut that number of actors down - let’s say it’s a small movie - say there are only fifteen other actors in the movie besides nutjob actor ZZZ:
.... that’s 1 in 15.
1 in 15.
Hell - I’ve worked countless jobs in my life - and on every single job - ain’t there always one crazy nutjob in a room. Is not that really the norm? Don’t we all know at least one nutbag at our own place of employment - no matter where you work/live.
In fact - as I think back to some of the oil companies I’ve worked for - they blow that 1 in 15 number away lol. Heck - have you seen the WalMart website with all those pics of well - people a bit... well... “off” a bit. Oh - and let’s not forget the Post Office - where did that slang line - “going postal” come from.
Anyway - back to all those “crazy” actors - see - for every one crazy actor one can name - I can name fifteen hard working/head-on-straight - passionate - brave actors - that work three or four jobs - work hard - do their job - and do it well. The difference is - I think - they don’t have the cameras shining on them. They don’t get the cover of the magazine for playing the role of the cab driver.
The general public - just doesn’t see the ocean of actors that do their job - play all those roles that are in a production - and do it well. No - the focus is on the ten percent that do act out - not the plethora of actors that make a movie possible in the first place - and just because one is not aware of all those actors working - the ones not on the cover of a magazine - or - not in the limelight - does not mean in any way - that they are not actors.
That brings me to the ones who love to say - well - all the actors “I” know - “personally” - are crazy.
To that I say two things:
One: You don’t many actors then. I do. I see/work with them daily - for over four years now - maybe not big named actors - but hard working - good - passionate actors - and I don’t see this mass of crazy that some love to spill about.
Second: If the only actors one “knows personally” are truly crazy - maybe the reason that is simply - crazy attracts crazy.
I’m just sayin’.
Let me go back to the WalMart scenario - look - I’m from the midwest - my family goes to WalMart almost every single day. Know how many times I’ve actually seen people looking like the people in those pics at the hilarious WalMart site - once.
So while I laugh at that site from time to time - I don’t go running around saying everyone at WalMart is a toothless white trash nutbag - now it might be fun to say and poke fun at - but it ain’t true on a mass level. I know it’s not true - for I’ve been there - many many many times. The majority of people shopping at WalMart - just plain hardworking people - just like the majority of actors.
Now - last rant point here:
The one hundred or so actors that one can/could name - that may in fact be nuts/crazy - wait - how about I bump that number up to say - two hundred - for fun sake - although I doubt one can really name two hundred - but let’s say one can - do you know how many actors are working in television/commercials/movies/theater - broadway? Want to guess that number - in 2006, the U.S. National Labor Bureau estimated there were about 70,000 employed actors in the U.S.
Two hundred - out of seventy thousand - hmmmmm.
So - maybe - the next time one starts ranting away with how crazy actors are - ask them if they think all people from the south are racist - or that all Native Americans own a casino - or that all artists sleep all day - or that all oilmen are alcoholics..... if they say yes - then maybe - just maybe - it’s not the actors that are crazy - but maybe - it’s the person stating that fact....
I’m just sayin’...