I wanted to make a quick post regarding the fantastic English actress, Rosamund Pike. [EDIT: it’s not a quick post at all. I lied.]
Haven’t seen Gone Girl? Read my review here.
It’s like listening to an amazing song and having an idea of who the singer looks like, and what they are like in person. But then you find their photo, then you watch an interview… And then your whole perception of who you think they are is SCREWED.
In an interview I watched, Pike talks about how she was so happy to be given the chance to prove she wasn’t a fragile English girl who was “afraid to get her hands dirty.”
Rosamund Pike is clearly willing to push the boundaries in her career. So, good on those directors – like David Fincher – who give actors like her a chance to break out of their mold. That must be difficult to do.
I wonder if actors like Jack Black find a variation of jobs hard to come by. Or perhaps, like Ricky Gervais, they’re not looking for variation.
Gervais says he doesn’t believe actors should feel the pressure to be versatile. Gervais plays the same character in every film and tv show, and he thinks that’s perfectly fine for an actor to do. He reckons actors should do what they’re good at.
What’s Up, Shia LaBeouf?
From the outside, this change in [our perceived] celebrity’s identity seems jarring, as though they are acting out. Which, in LaBeouf’s case at least, perhaps is true..?
Or at least he went about his change of image in a more confronting way than Pike.
He was part of the Disney franchise, and now he’s doing everything he can to detach himself from that brand – getting into all kinds of nonsense, and taking all sorts of controversial jobs.
I wonder if this identity whiplash is common with actors. I can’t find the YouTube video now, but I’ve heard psychologists talk about actors (particularly after Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams died) being a troubled people who want to escape themselves. As though acting is a way to distance themselves from themselves.
So, maybe changing directions in their career is a chance to show the public that we don’t really know them at all – which of course, we don’t. It must screw with you a bit, having a distinct public image to compete with.
Just thought it was interesting, how easily actors can change our perception of them, as Daniel Radcliffe and Anne Hathaway have.
We do have clear ideas of who these celebrities are, and I think actors are in a prime spot to frequently distort that based on what acting roles they take – intentionally or not.
Now, before this turns into an essay, let’s not forget: they are only human beings pretending to be other people for money!
Sorry, this was originally about Rosamund Pike but I got carried away. Also, I just really wanted a rhyming title… What are you like, Rosamund Pike. Ha.