Denzel Washington has just hit the nail on the head for why movie stars and celebrities seem so disconnected from the rest of us. In a Hollywood Reporter roundtable, he points out that “making a movie isn’t like going to Iraq, it’s a luxury”. In one sentence he brings down the myth that Hollywood types like to build up that acting and movie making is hard work. Compared to the sending your children (or yourself) off to war, the celebrity life is nothing but blessings.
Real heroes are soldiers who fight or their country. Heroes are emergency services who daily risk their lives for (often ungrateful) strangers. Real heroes are people who make the sacrifice to stay in a job they hate to ensure that they can take care of their family and put enough food on the table. These are heroes and these are the people we should all be celebrating.
You see, Denzel Washington has had a real life before acting, he was a garbage man and a post office worker. He is one of the very few in Hollywood who knows what reality is like and refuses to make small of people’s daily troubles by comparing them with the glamour and glitz that surrounds the movie industry.
If we only had a little more of this type of empathy from our elected politicians, perhaps they would be a little more open to understanding the difficulties that everyday folk go through.
Liberals love to hold up the “sacrifice” artists make as equivalent to what soldier’s deal with. They consider actors and musicians “heroes.” The real heroes are the soldiers that risk everything to keep us safe.
We see pictures of them on luxurious beaches, jet-setting around the world, winning awards and making millions of dollars to star in a movie. It’s clear they live a life that is fantasy to most of us in America.
Then we are confronted with videos and press conferences, even acceptance speaking from these elitists, criticizing regular Americans for their political views or beliefs. These out-of-touch millionaires have the audacity to call us bigots, racists, or sexist.
They clearly don’t understand the problems we face or the challenges of everyday Americans, so they have no problem spouting off this kind of stupidity.
Then to add to this insult, they often complain about how hard it is to be a rich celebrity. It’s enough to make you sick.
But once and a while, we see actors who have their heads on straight. One of them is Denzel Washington.
From Louder With Crowder:
The words “real talk” get thrown around a lot on the interwebs. While I don’t have the math in front of me, I’m willing to bet at least half the time we’re probably talking about something Denzel Washington said. Somewhere there’s an irrefutable equation which will no doubt verify my claim, but I needn’t find it. Because you already know.
Hollywood Reporter held a round table of various actors discussing work and past jobs. Here’s Denzel…
People say “the difficulty of making a movie.” Well, send your son to Iraq. That’s difficult. It’s just a movie, relax. I don’t play that precious nonsense. Your son got shot in the face? That’s difficult. Making a movie is a luxury. It’s a gift. But don’t get it twisted, it’s just a movie.
It takes guts to say something like that to a group of Hollywood elitists, but Denzel is not afraid to speak his mind. While surrounded by other celebrities and film makers, he calls the profession what it is.
It’s rare that someone as successful and beloved as Denzel in the media and showbiz says something so smart and thoughtful. Most celebrities love being on that pedestal; they crave the attention and worship their profession affords them.
Rarely are the willing to acknowledge that staring in a movie is a luxury and a gift; that most people–even ones that wish they were actors–are forced to work humble jobs.
Let’s hope Denzel’s attitude rubs off on a few more people in Hollywood.