The Actors are getting nervous….

I was watching an interview with Pierce Brosnan this morning, and he was asked to give advice to young actors, and after he advised against sitting around waiting for the telephone to ring, Matt Lauer agreed saying ‘yeah, he’s treating it less like an actor, and more like a businessman’ and there was a general agreement that this was a virtue, to treat the art as if it were a business. And firstly, I want to say, if I wanted to be a businessman I would not have become an artist. I kind of thought that being an artist was a way of avoiding the stress and mania of business life, and that those of us in the arts were in some way cooperatively engaged in resisting this type of model. But sadly, we know that the business model of the arts, the professionalistic posturing has become the norm, and those of us who resist this are seen as resentful cranks, and that is probably true too.

Goddamnit! What’s my point?

My point is this: Pierce Brosnan looked nervous. Matt Lauer looked nervous. The other night when I was watching the awful grammy awards, Jennifer Lopez looked like she was about to faint from nerves, as did Beyonce, and just about every person up there on stage. There are two ways to explain this. One, those in the limelight have always been full of visible anxiety and because I projected my own wishes onto them I was unable to detect it, and now that I am somewhat more detached I am able to see it. Or two, everybody is getting freakin wigged out man, as the world becomes one big machine, and even the stars and the famous people, all of them are having to work like robots to maintain these images that don’t even satisfy them anymore, and all of us are freakin out and the actors, the stage performers, they have it the worst because they have to keep smiling, keep shining…

I think it’s number 2 man, i think people at the top are starting to understand that the arts have been co-opted, and we have put ourselves back where we were in the middle ages, minstrels riding around on portable stages, begging for scraps. This business model was a bad idea, thanks Whorehol, thanks to all you pop-idiots for selling us out. We should have kept our hearts in the game, kept the shamanistic vibe that has always been our saving grace. But no, now I have to watch Jennifer Lopez tremble as she tries to read the teleprompter, and I see a frightened little girl instead of a shining diva.


Akbar Lightning



  1. Center'd in JAX
    February 4, 2010

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  2. globatron
    February 4, 2010

    Akbar Strikes. I did not watch either one. Thanks goodness. You have a good point about Hollywood being co-opted by “the machine” but I wonder if it ever wasn’t part of “the business”. I believe they call it “the business” when talking to each other at parties.

    I think of art schools across the country and all the pipe dreams they are selling to kids when what they should be doing is telling them how to sell their work. How to market themselves. how to make a product that would sell. None of that is usually talked about in a fine arts program and is usually frowned upon by the top ranked schools.

    And if they did indeed teach them to follow their passion at least prepare them mentally for the hard road ahead.

    Great post and it will make me look a little harder the next time I see Jennifer or Pierce.

    I prefer Lopez as a frightened little girl anyways so maybe this is a blessing in disguise. I’m tired of her million dollar booty. And Pierce should be forced to retire.

    To be honest I have always wondered why they haven’t made a cap on how much money you can make in “the business” so other talent can get their chance. I mean how many movies does Al Pacino need to make anyways?

  3. Buddy
    February 4, 2010


    For once, I would like to commend you on a very insightful article! See? I give compliments.

    Being a filmmaker, I am in the thick of the clash between ‘business’ and ‘art.’ It has become so polarized that it is now titled (New York filmmaking vs. L.A. filmmaking.) I do see the point you are trying to make (for once)and it is a problem.

    Unfortunately, we live in a country (and an era) that is driven by money. I work in an industry that is fueled by lots of money. I hear stories daily about artists (filmmakers) selling out their ideas to Hollywood to make a quick buck and fame,in the process not maintaining their artistic integrity.

    But things are changing! Because of today’s technology, ANYONE can make a good, sort of good, really good product. Does PARANORMAL ACTIVITY ring a bell? That film was made for the amount of money it takes to feed JLow for a day. It made millions! Stuff like this has established industry insiders scared! Joe Blow from Podunk, Mississippi, can make a clever project BETTER THAN half of the directors working! Miss Priss from Yo-Yo, Idaho, can probably act better than half of the current flock of blonde dippy actors currently in LA! And guess what! She can be famous and not live in California! Hey, the power of YOUTUBE.

    In conclusion, yes these actors/actresses are scared. Today’s over-mediated society has the attention span of a toilet flush. You’re hot this season, cold the next. Hollywood is waiting for the next IT thing. What’s happened to Ryan Phillippe? Freddie Prinze, Jr.? They are pretty much tabloid fodder at this point. Of course all of those Hollyweired residents are nervous. They can be replaced at ANY moment, or they can trip and fall on camera. There they can be replayed forever on YOUTUBE, FOXNEWS, CNN, HEADLINE NEWS, or MSNBC. All day long.

    Feelings, Akbar-licious? I’m sure you have something to say.


  4. Akbar Lightning
    February 4, 2010

    that’s great, i’m glad you got what i was puttin out there…awesome…

    that word ‘industry’ is so strange in conjunction with the arts.

    it is a strange time, and i am ultimately hopeful, because sooner or later somebody is going to take their computer and start doing films, books, whatever, about something that matters…and that is what we are trying to figure out here at globatron….WHAT MATTERS?

    when we get the answer, then we will have something to make a movie about.

    by the way buddy, have you seen those reviews by that guy, the one who does the sci-fi reviews..i’ll post the link to his avatar review, he’s hilarious.

  5. globatron
    February 4, 2010

    Buddy and Akbar agreeing on something. The stars have aligned. Time has stopped. Globatron has found common ground. Bravo! Bravo!

    Great input Buddy. I also have this desire to see positive change happening in the arts through these cheaper, easily accesible forms of communication and tools for creativity.

  6. globatron
    February 5, 2010

    I’d tap that blue business.

    Dude these movie reviews are brilliant.

    Great example Akbar. These reviews are funnier than anything on T.V. right now. Don’t get me wrong I love John Stewart and Stephen Colbert but this is on a new level.

  7. Bradley
    February 5, 2010

    “I think the best thing in life is staying busy.” -Andy Warhol

    Staying busy leads to staying in business; Pierce is right, don’t just wait for the phone to ring, make something happen.

    Check out “Lay of the Last Minstrel” by Sir Walter Scott.

  8. Bradley
    February 5, 2010

    haven’t seen the whole grammy’s yet, but maybe ur right and Beyonce’s a bit tired. well, she worked damn hard last year. check out her performance at the MTV VMA awards in Berlin.

    don’t know what to say about j-lo, other than “in living color” should have a reunion show.

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