Thursday, August 3, 2017

We're only in it for the money

I don't watch shows such as Star Trek or any of its various iterations.  I don't even watch real stars up in the real sky, and shows and movies about people traveling through space do not stir my channel-changin' thumb whatsoever. But hey - they're all fine for those who like them! That's why there are 329 channels pouring into the house on a cable. I'll be here watching baseball, Law & Order, and King of Queens reruns.

The Wikipedia entry for a certain actor reads this way: 
Sir Patrick Hewes Stewart OBE (born 13 July 1940) is an English actor whose career has included roles on stage, television, and film in a career spanning almost six decades. He is a multiple time Olivier, Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Saturn Award nominee.

And it goes on to point out a wonderful honor this actor received from Her Majesty The Queen (God save her!):

Stewart was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2001 New Year Honours list, and knighted in the 2010 New Year Honours for services to drama.

Another highlight of Stewart's career is that he played "Poop" in the recently-released "Emoji Movie."

No kidding! A classically trained British actor was whom Sony Pictures hired to play the part of fecal matter in a movie made for children of all ages. "Thirty years ago, I probably wouldn't have accepted this role," Stewart told Conan O'Brien one night on television, as he reminded the audience that the part is animated. "But I'm now honored and delighted to be playing the role of the emoji Poop."

No I didn't go the movies to see the Emoji acting, but that doesn't matter. Artistic accomplishments come and go for actors and any other artists, but you know what else comes to them all the time? Gas and electric bills, phone bills, charge account bills, catering bills, car payments, water bills, library lateness can be today's finest living Hamlet, and you still have expenses, and no one ever said, "Hey, you were great in 'King Lear' the other night, so we'll just mark this car insurance bill 'PAID IN FULL', and thank you for your contribution to society!"

Well, actually, I just said it, but it didn't mean anything.

I don't know if Her Majesty is in the habit of rescinding these knighthoods, but maybe it's not necessary.  After all, Sir Michael Caine played a part in "Jaws: The Revenge" in 1987 for less than noble artistic reasons....

"I have never seen it, but by all accounts it is terrible," Caine once said. "However, I have seen the house that it built, and it is terrific."
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, better known for posting up on basketball courts than for posting up rave reviews for his acting, was offered $30,000 to take on the part of Roger Murdock in "Airplane!" (a movie I have seen repeatedly) but held out for $35,000, which was the purchase price of an Oriental rug he wished to purchase, and soon did.

As Drew Carey will tell you, everyone has their Price Is Right.

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