In an era of young celebrities being scared of saying anything controversial, the Hollywood veteran is a breath of fresh air
I used to love the movie Almost Famous , partly because I had my own hopes of becoming a Cameron Crowe-esque music journalist who would spend weeks ” on the road” getting to know my topics before writing 10,000 -word epics on a life-changing experience that might have the power to change the world.
My first proper band interview, for my student newspaper, was with the Libertines, which actually ended up being not so far removed from the Almost Famous schtick, if you swap weeks of American west coast glamour for a night outside a kebab van in Oxford. The next proper interview was a polite 10 -minute phone conversation with a member of the long-lost British pop group Big Brovaz. One of those has turned out to be a more accurate representation of meeting famous people and it didn’t involve Pete Doherty asking me to buy him two chicken drumsticks for a pound.
New York publication published a brilliantly candid conversation between Kathleen Turner and David Marchese, who has a skill for these various kinds of exchanges, in which she was open and honest about practically everything she was asked. She said that when she guest-starred on Friends , she found the cast” such a clique “. On the craft of acting, she said:” You only just shut up and do it .” Burt Reynolds and Nicolas Cage do not come out of it well. It has been widely shared and I suspect it’s because that level of franknes is so rare these days.
In my experience, the smarter young celebrities so are hyper-aware of what might happen to their words after they’ve said them that the canny ones have a way of speaking in platitudes that aren’t interesting enough to go viral. The truly famous stars, of course, simply don’t bother doing interviews at all. Beyonce’s September issue cover of American Vogue features her story” in her own terms”, which does away with the middle man. When Taylor Swift was on the cover-up of British Vogue , she wrote a poem, in lieu of a chat.
There were reports last week that people are requesting cosmetic surgery to attain them appear more like selfie filters in real life (” Snapchat dysphoria”, more heavy on the sculpted cheekbones than it is on the dog ears ). The oversharing of selfies and the fake it of filters are now such easy bedfellows that it’s no wonder franknes has started to seem like a nebulous idea. Kathleen Turner’s openness offers a timely reminder of just how entertaining the lost art of candour can be.
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