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Old 09-25-2013, 08:45 PM
 
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Celebrities that don't choose to live in a hub of activity can lead a pretty normal life.

Not a lot of photogs, etc. hanging out in the middle of Iowa, for instance.

Take Alec Baldwin......if he really hates all of the attention.....move out of NYC!

No need to work at McDonalds or be a teacher.
^^True. There are some celebrities who go to Montana and live out on a ranch, go into town etc. for supplies and aren't hounded by paparazzi. The photographers don't want to trek out to the boonies. They prefer the more target rich areas like LA and NYC
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Vernon, British Columbia
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I remember back when they were filming Seven Years in Tibet when Brad Pitt was having a smoke break, and an old grandma, who pasted away last year at age 90, walked up to him and scolded him for smoking. Funniest thing I've ever seen. He made negative comments about the place after he left, but I don't fault him for giving an honest opinion.

The rudest celebrity I've seen was Shia Labeouf at the bar in Vancouver last year. He gropes a guy's girlfriend, and of course the other guy asks him to step outside for a little fist-a-cuffs.

The nicest celebrity I’ve met would be Rick Mercer, a TV celebrity here in Canada.
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Old 09-25-2013, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Lower east side of Toronto
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During my 18 years stint in the film business...> I met most of them.....most were gracious...some were utterly nuts and pigs...I can't say who is the best...or the nicest...there were just to many....as for directors ...The old guy who was the pioneer of black film...Melvin Van Peebles...and his son Mario....they were the easiest to work with...They gave me a break ...they were normal down to earth guys....the happiest actor that I met was Gene Hackman...He would sing at the top of his lungs in the morning.....It was a very interesting and fun time for me...I wasted 18 years of my life having fun................I did a bit of acting and worked as a lighting stand in...helped set up the shots with the DOP ....I was the work horse.....once the shot was "blocked" the "star" would come in....Some times there would be a conversation....

"Where am I"........I would say....you are over here - you move to this mark ...then to here and exit....I worked for a couple of weeks on the pilot for West Wing.....I always felt that I was assisting in the making of American Propaganda......My favorite things were when they tossed me a bone and had me do a stunt....or some gun fire--------It was like being a kid...once in a while they would toss me a line - no not that kind of line.

The film business is not as casual as you think...It is intense and run with military precision...at ten thousand dollars a minute on some mega scenes ...there is no room for error..


I never said no to a gig...and sometimes I would go 30 days straight sleeping a few hours a night...I burned out and developed a tax problem......what a waste of time...what was a lark turned into a career....Okay....I loved it.
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Old 09-26-2013, 03:01 AM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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During my 18 years stint in the film business...> I met most of them.....most were gracious...some were utterly nuts and pigs...I can't say who is the best...or the nicest...there were just to many....as for directors ...The old guy who was the pioneer of black film...Melvin Van Peebles...and his son Mario....they were the easiest to work with...They gave me a break ...they were normal down to earth guys....the happiest actor that I met was Gene Hackman...He would sing at the top of his lungs in the morning.....It was a very interesting and fun time for me...I wasted 18 years of my life having fun................I did a bit of acting and worked as a lighting stand in...helped set up the shots with the DOP ....I was the work horse.....once the shot was "blocked" the "star" would come in....Some times there would be a conversation....

"Where am I"........I would say....you are over here - you move to this mark ...then to here and exit....I worked for a couple of weeks on the pilot for West Wing.....I always felt that I was assisting in the making of American Propaganda......My favorite things were when they tossed me a bone and had me do a stunt....or some gun fire--------It was like being a kid...once in a while they would toss me a line - no not that kind of line.

The film business is not as casual as you think...It is intense and run with military precision...at ten thousand dollars a minute on some mega scenes ...there is no room for error..


I never said no to a gig...and sometimes I would go 30 days straight sleeping a few hours a night...I burned out and developed a tax problem......what a waste of time...what was a lark turned into a career....Okay....I loved it.

I wouldn't think of the time as wasted years. Sounds like an interesting profession. Give yourself break and think of it as " good, fun times"
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:51 PM
 
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I also had the misfortune of dealing that filthy animal Lou Reed.
Google his name and read what others have said.
I used to work on music tours. I worked with Lou Reed once and he was a total jerk. John Cale, his old VU bandmate, is a very sweet guy whom I've met several times but only dreamed of working with (after he got clean and sober, of course).

Warren Zevon was a wonderful guy to work with, while Bonnie Raitt was a miserable hag. I've met others who would say the exact opposite, though. It's all about context and timing.

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson was a jerk every time I dealt with him. Peter Gabriel was a joy, as was Tom Waits. Both nutty, but good people.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:07 PM
 
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I had a great experience with Gene Hackman and his wife Betsy, but I've always heard he can be a real monster.

Rip Torn, same thing.

Robert Duvall was very rude. So was Kevin Costner, who assumed I wanted an autograph in an airport just because I walked near him, and made a rude comment (I was just throwing something in the trash can next to him).

Lance Henriksen was incredibly, almost gratuitously nice. I've enjoyed meeting several of his Aliens cast-mates except Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn, who were downright nasty.

Ted Levine is a doll, if you play it cool.

Brad Dourif was a little cold, but nice enough.

Danny Glover was cool, as was Gary Busey. Same with Leland Orser, Joe Montegna, Robert Patrick and Brent Spiner, who helped me with a broken luggage cart.

William Fichtner is very nice. Colm Feore is, too, but his ego is huge.

A friend met Tony Hopkins and had a nice long chat. Same person was yelled at by Tommy Lee Jones just for accidentally brushing his arm in a crowded airport.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:05 PM
 
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Robert Duvall was very rude.
..Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn, who were downright nasty.
Nooooo!
Lol I hope they were just having a bad day
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:15 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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I've met a few, the nicest was Danny Thomas...
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Eeeeek!

a friend of mine knew this lady that....
Well, there's Danny under the coffee table again with that shˇt-eating grin.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:45 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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Jay Leno , nice guy (10 years ago)
Ed Asner, nice guy (8 years ago)
Joe Paterno, (ex coach Penn St) distant (5 years ago)
Jerry Sandusky, (ex coach Penn St) Stand offish (5 years ago)
Co Oliver North, (pres Reagan aid) Good man (5 years ago)
Leon Panetta (sec of defense) really nice guy (4 years ago)
Dr Tom Osborne (former coach Nebraska) First class guy ( 6 years ago)
Erin Brockovich (subject of Julia Roberts movie) Dynamite (7 years ago)
Total PITA.
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Old 09-28-2013, 01:35 PM
 
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Nooooo!
Lol I hope they were just having a bad day
One of the other Aliens cast members said both Sigourney and Michael have issues with the public. Sorry. I met Sigourney years ago but met the rest of the Aliens alum (minus Paul Reiser) at a convention my friend dragged me to a year or so ago. It was actually a great party. I had beers and chill time with every one of the (friendly) members of the cast. Mark Rolston is a trip...I will never be able to watch Shawshank Redemption and believe him as a monster again! Michael Biehn wouldn't hang out with his fellow Aliens alums at all, even in private. He really seems to have problems.
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