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Star Wars Prequels

Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars 304

Posted by Soulskill
from the thanks-george dept.
HughPickens.com writes: When you become an actor, landing a role in a movie as big as Star Wars may seem like a dream come true. But Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit report at The Hollywood Reporter that six movies in, the Star Wars franchise has only spawned one megastar: Harrison Ford, unusual for a series of this magnitude. Neither Ewan McGregor nor Liam Neeson was helped by the franchise and the list of acting careers that never took off is even longer, from original stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher to Jake Lloyd (young Anakin Skywalker) and most notably Hayden Christensen, whose star was on the rise when he nabbed 2002's Attack of the Clones. Even Natalie Portman, who already had a hot career before Episodes I-III, admitted she struggled after the exposure. "Everyone thought I was a horrible actress," says Portman. "I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me."

So what's the problem? "When you sign up for this, you're signing your life away, and you're keeping yourself from any other franchises out there," says an agent whose client is one of the stars of Episode VII. "They will not let you be in another franchise. They're going to be cranking out a new movie every year. These actors never get to read the script before signing on. They don't even know which [subsequent] one they are in. And then they become known for that role, and it's hard to see them in [another] kind of movie." Still, agents keep pursuing roles in the upcoming films even though newcomers can only command a meager $65,000 to $125,000 for Episode VII. "It secures all involved a place in film history," says agent Sarah Fargo, "and guarantees a huge global audience, enhancing an actor's marketability."

Comment: Why do you think they want power? (Score 1) 14

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49362633) Attached to: Europe Agrees On Regulatory Drone Framework

Well good. Let's play off governments around the world against each other, as the fear of lagging the other guy strikes sufficient terror into the hearts of elected politicians to overcome their proud accomplishment of the glacially inertial regulatory state, requiring a decade of "donations" to move things along.

It's sad it has to come down to this.

Comment: Re:Google's attourneys should be kicked out of the (Score 1, Troll) 56

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49357607) Attached to: Google Loses Ruling In Safari Tracking Case

If people opted out and were still tracked, that's fair game for suing.

Now what's the damages? A government trying to duplicate Chrome + Google search engine could not do so, and you'd probably have been taxed a hundred pounds per taxpayer in a failed attempt to do so.

So I'd offer to settle to keep allowing you to use Chrome and Google for free, or get the hell off and go to IE and Bing.

Comment: Re:Paranoid, but mostly appropriate (Score 1) 90

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49302225) Attached to: Amazon Wins US Regulators' Approval To Test-fly Drone

The problem in requiring people to kneel and get permission from government to do things IS the primary problem differentiating economically powerful, free nations from those bogged down with kickbacks required for a dozen different actions per day.

It matters not why the government block occurs (good old corruption or Jesus appearing in the sky claiming how awesome-O the regulation is), economics are hindered.

If a free society wants some regulation, it should be from agencies more responsive than this. It's taken a freaking year for them to "permit" tthis, and that reflects massive popular pressure on elected officials. Remember the mantra of Obama's regulators when they took over: "Wedon't have to care about things like this. They were fucking proud of it.

Comment: The ventriloquist goes 2 heaven,the dummy does not (Score 1) 85

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49291087) Attached to: New Jersey Removes Legal Impediment To Direct Tesla Sales

Sigh. A refresher course on terminology.

This was indeed a mafia-like protection racket, but it did not subvert the democratic process. It subverted freedom. It was an example of the democratic process, which subverts freedom all the time.

I am not speaking of using it to form a more orderly society straying from anarchy. Rather, democracy's use in practice often involves setting up special favors that are the opposite of a free market.

Comment: FDA-as-disease-process (Score 2) 140

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49284431) Attached to: Gates: Large Epidemics Need a More Agile Response

"partly because the world has no clear process for expediting drug approvals."

The vast majority of drugs should be fast track. The number of deaths that occur with letting a drug out early (before full problems are realized) is vastly smaller than the numbers of deaths that occur because drugs are held up ten years.

The FDA is built on a mathematically false premise. But you konw, a dead guy from some drug, boy can those politicians decry "unconscionable profits".

How many are standing up to decry the ten million worldwide not saved becaise some good heart drug was delayed 6 years?

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score 1) 342

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49284349) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

Such taxes are politically non-viable because they void the reason politicians seek power: to weild it, getting in the way or things, so they can get paid to get back out of the way, bribes legal (political donations) and illegal (kickbacks, hiring relatives, a hundred other things.)

Hell, for that matter, the US Congress is considering cleaning up the tax code by closing loopholes. Congress has done this several times in the past.

All it does is allow them to hand out the loopholes again in exchange for more "donations".

Comment: Re:meanwhile (Score -1, Troll) 342

by Impy the Impiuos Imp (#49284197) Attached to: UK Chancellor Confirms Introduction of 'Google Tax'

No, Libertarians piss off both the left and the right. That's how we know we are correct.

Your respective quasi-religions are laughable to us...if they weren't so dangerous to freedom.

As usual, what never enters into the conversation, or your mind, is the simple observation that there never is a "fair tax". No, not for the reasons your memetic programming is giving you an itchy typing finger at the moment.

Rather, pay their fair share" is a sliding goalpoast meme used to justify ever greater spending as the years and decades drag on.

You could set their "fair share", and some years from now another politician, coveteous of power bought by lavishing bread and circuses, will re-introduce it as argument to increase taxes yet again.

Your soiled underpants are showing, dude.

Comment: Re:Weak, sentimental, nonsense. (Score 1) 172

That would probably be the fastest way to shut down this idiotic legal threat -- "This is a breeding competition, not a cloning competition. That set of genes in a horse won in the past. Congratulations, good job, breeder! Let's see what the next generation product of these breeders yields.

"We just assumed a base historical background fact, no need to define it further because it's so obvious, of breeding horses as given, and no more foresaw cloning than a Star Trek teleporter creating a duplicate that someone might want to enter."

Comment: Re:Weak, sentimental, nonsense. (Score 3, Insightful) 172

They are loaded with the "blood" of various champion animals through recorded provenance. They just don't want to allow clones into the competition, or for people to claim they are selling the genes of a horse which won, which didn't.

It's a breeding competition, not a cloning competition.

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