This week in Hollywood news we learned that even our favorite celebrities can have flaws.
Johnny Depp had signed on to star as Boston mobster Whitey Bulger in the upcoming film Black Mass. Before filming was set to begin, the movie was forced to reduce the overall budget for the movie and the producers asked Johnny Depp to take a pay cut. Johnny requires a minimum of $20 million dollars to star in a movie. When the producers of Black Mass asked him to work for less than that minimum, he had to decide whether to bend and take the pay cut or move on and find a project willing to pay more. Johnny Depp decided that his minimum fee is not negotiable and decided to leave the project.
After twenty-three years of sobriety, Philip Seymour Hoffman relapsed and started abusing prescription pills. Recently his addiction escalated to snorting heroin. After about a week of abusing heroin Philip checked into a detox center. He has since completed ten days of detox and was recently released.
As the vote was revealed on last Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the mics of the judges were left on and we all heard Adam Levine express his frustration with the way the votes turned out. Adam’s comment of “I hate this country!” infuriated a lot of people. He has tried to explain that it was a knee-jerk reaction to losing two of his three remaining contestants, but many people refuse to accept his apology.
During an interview about his upcoming movie Now You See Me, Morgan Freeman appeared to fall asleep while his co-star Michael Caine was answering a question. Soon everyone was talking about Morgan Freeman’s on-screen nap, so he took to his Facebook page to address the ‘rumor’ that he fell asleep. He stated:
“Regarding my recent interview, I wasn’t actually sleeping. I’m a beta tester for Google Eyelids and I was merely taking the opportunity to update my Facebook page.”
Other celebrities should be taking notes, because this is a perfect lesson in how you deal with negative publicity. I think we all love Morgan Freeman just a little bit more now (if that was even possible).
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