The Life & Times of an Auteur.

Commentary on Pop Culture, and maybe creating some of my own.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Jobs Are Jobs...

And people are people.

Recently, I've seen Rooney Mara, who has achieved critical acclaim for her role in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," come under some fire for giving her candid opinion on working on remake of "The Nightmare on Elm Street." That candid opinion was less than kind, as was her candid opinion of working on "Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit."

This is nothing new. I've seen Ewan McGreggor get some crap for trashing the Star Wars prequels. He was hoping they'd be better movies than they were, was a big fan of the original, and was as disappointed as anybody with good taste was. I will admit, while watching "Revenge of the Sith" I felt sad for McGreggor. Not because of Obi Wan's plight, but because he was trying so hard to make the best of a shitty movie. Look at his face, you can tell what he really thought of everything.

What do I see people say in response to sentiments like this? Usually they're called ungrateful, or even advised to give back the money they made off of these movies. Well, I think anyone who does this has forfeited the right to complain to anybody about their first job at Walmart or at McFastFood. Or are they also ungrateful? Should they not return the money they made working at either of these establishments? Or at any job they've expressed to others that they hated?

Or do these people just like the Star Wars prequels, the Nightmare remake, or any other movies or shows that would apply and can't stand to see anyone trash them, much less an actor who worked on them? Personally, I think this is the case.

Consider Robert Pattinson, who plays Edward Cullen in the "Twilight" movies. He has publicly expressed his hatred for the characters, for "Twilight" and said that Stephanie Meyer is insane. Where are these same people to say he is ungrateful, or that he should return all the millions of dollars he's made off of the Twilight franchise. No where to be found. If anything, the same people will congratulate him for telling it like it is. Why? Because they hate "Twilight" therefore it's okay for Robert Pattinson to hate. I've also noticed the people who love "Twilight" like to claim that Robert Pattinson never said such things, and that it's fake.

The point is, everyone is entitled to their opinion. And everyone is entitled to express that opinion if they are willing to live with the consequences. Ewan McGreggor, Rooney Mara, and even Robert Pattinson are also entitled to that right. Sometimes it can backfire, as Megan Fox learned last year... but no one denied her the right to speak her mind. And I certainly would never expect her to give back the money she made working on two terrible movies.

Would I be happy if Marina Sirtis came out tomorrow and said "Gargoyles" was a terrible production, and Demona was a poorly conceived character? No. Would I tell her to shut up, that she's being ungrateful, and to give Disney back the money she made playing Demona? No.


  1. I'm not saying that actors shouldn't be allowed to criticize films that they were in or people that they have worked with on films they've made, but I think it's a really odd move. The way I see it, as a film actor one of your responsibilities (besides just acting in the film) is to promote the film. Think of all the actors attending press junkets and doing interviews when their movie comes out. Your responsibility as an actor is to act in the film, but also to help put butts in seats at the movie theater, and get DVDs to fly off the shelves at stores, and get people interested in renting your flick at rental stores. I don't think this responsibility ever really ends. Yes, at some point you are no longer obligated to actively promote the movie, such as when it's been out for a while, but if you criticize it, you're actively contributing to FEWER copies of DVDs being sold or rented, so basically you're causing your film to make less money. In other words, you're doing the exact opposite of your responsibility, because I feel like the one overarching duty is to help the film make money, or at the very least NOT contribute to the film making LESS money. I'm not saying it's wrong for actors to do this, but it's not something I'd ever do if I was an actor. ~Rebel

  2. So, if you ever worked at McDonald's or Walmart or wherever, and no longer work there... you wouldn't ever say a bad word about it?

    Good to know.

  3. I think most people in the industry would most likely look the other way if the person just criticized the story/character.
    Alfred Molina made his dislike for DC Comics clear. But that never stopped Timm and Co. from casting him in a Justice League episode or him not doing it.
    I remember reading somewhere else that while she didn't like the story, her experience on the show was fine.

  4. nygma> Are we talking about Rooney Mara? Because I know Marina enjoyed "Gargoyles"

  5. Yeah I was talking about Rooney Mara. Marina Sirtis's enjoyment with Gargoyles both behind the scenes and with the show has been well documented.

  6. Yeah, which is one of the reasons I was eager and happy to correct Disney Boy's assertation that she didn't enjoy it.