It is something the big stars used to have. Great actors like Al Pacino,
Robert Deniro, Meryl Streep. Great tv stars like Johnny Carson and
singers like Elvis. They rarely gave interviews or were the subject of
profiles on shows like 60 minutes. You knew their work. You knew their
characters. You saw their stage show. But you didn't really know them.
And you didn't need to. And you shouldn't want to.
It was about their work and you loved their work. They were the work.
What they did in their private lives was of no concern to you.
I don't want to know who the big stars are dating, who they are married
to, what kind of kinky sex they like or don't like. I don't want to know
where they go on vacation. What schools their kids go to. Where they
live. It is not important. They are entertainers. I want them to
entertain me. Anything that makes them more average only detracts from
that. The publicity machine they use these days to sell a movie or tv
show only detracts from the actual project. I want to believe that the
actor is the character they are portraying. I don't want to identify
with them as real people. I know they are real people, but that isn't
important to me.
That is their personal business, and not mine. I am paying them to be
someone else and convince me that is worth watching. Maybe at the end of
their careers, when they don't work anymore, then I will get to know
them. But not before.
I don't care. Not now and not ever. To me, reality tv is the least
entertaining thing that has ever happened to entertainment. I liked Gene
Simmons and Ozzie Osbourne a lot more when they were the persona I saw
in their stage show act. I don't want to see them at home dealing with
life. It is boring and unimportant to me.
The reason The Sopranos worked was because we got to see the Mafia boss
deal with everyday life. That was a nice contrast. But a mafia boss is
not a megastar. It is interesting to see that part of his character. It
is detracting to see it from an actual performer who must be the image
he must be to sell me the entertainment package I pay for.
Take away the mystique and you take away the entertainment for me. And increasingly, that is happening more and more.