Rhys Meyers says celebs should shut up

Jonathan Rhys MeyersBritish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has fellow celebs fuming after recent comments he made about the paparazzi. The Tudors star recently admitted he despises celebrities who complain about the paparazzi invading their privacy, because they chose to pursue a career in the limelight. “All actors and performers, including myself, thrive on attention; otherwise we wouldn’t do what we do. I read a lot of snippets about people saying, ‘I just want my private life.’ But they can’t have it! It’s that simple. You’ve got the money and the fame, but you’ve had to give up that one thing—so accept that, as that’s how your life is going to be. If you don’t like it, find something else to do.” Celebs like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie likely beg to differ—the couple are constantly battling paparazzi (who’ve gone as far as dressing in camouflage and hiding in their yard to snag those sought-after pics) and are currently pressing charges against those over-eager “stalkarazzi.”

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  1. Nancy • August 12, 2008 @ 2:46 PM

    Oh, Brad and Angelina like to lead the paparazzi around by the nose, too! If they didn’t like it, they would stop demanding $20 million per flick EACH and $12 million for 1st baby photos!! Meyers is right…if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen! Some stars just get away from the limelight, like Johnny Depp…he lives in Paris, has bought his own private little island for privacy and when he wants to be in the limelight he comes to the big American cities. I mean, Brad and Angie rake in tons of millions of $ each…use a little of it to pay for security. Move somewhere and stop ‘behaving’ like a celeb., like you are better than everyone else and maybe you just might be given some space.

  2. Bubbles • August 12, 2008 @ 3:10 PM

    Brangelina is welcome to bunk with me if they woudl like to get out of the public eye.

  3. ke • August 12, 2008 @ 6:46 PM

    i think you, Nancy, are being a bit harsh and un-understanding (i don’t think that’s a word but there it is.) Nothing against you and you are certainly entitled to your opinion but i think that just because acting is their passion and have chosen to go into the industry does not mean they crave the attention. in fact, i’ve read that many actors are actually shy and i believe it. i don’t think brad and ang’s complaints about the paparazi are at all unreasonable. if you’ve got people staking out outside your home knowing that your children are outside playing, what would you do? they accept the attention their given and know that people are intrigued by them and so they have a responsibility to you know, give them some insight into their lives but if it means completely giving up their private life and compromising their sense of security then that’s a whole other thing.

  4. ke • August 12, 2008 @ 6:47 PM

    and how do you know that they DON’t use money towards security. and yes they charge ALOT of money for interviews and pics but if people are going to constantly invade their life then **** there’s a price to pay. it goes both ways. and i heard they give the money to charity. and they HAVE moved. they’re in France (where Depp lives and gets away as you pointed out). and how do they act like celebs and better than everyone else? by going to cambodia or ethiopia and being spokespeople for refugees? or taking all those trips to school with their kids? or those vacations to very remote locations that only stalker paprazzis can find. do they seem arrogant and self righteous to you? they’re doing their best trying to be as ‘normal’ as they can. just going about their business. its people following them around and reporting back to celeb news channels/tabloids/magazines that make us think ‘oh look there they go again’…do you ever see them at parties or events unless its their movie premiere or some charity thing?

    done.

  5. vicki • August 13, 2008 @ 8:19 AM

    Ke, I agree whole heartedly with your thoughtful comments, and am more than a little envious of your eloquence!!!

  6. tributegirl • August 15, 2008 @ 3:06 PM

    Uh, yeah…sure. I think someone has a bit of an anger issue!

  7. Jo-Anne. • August 16, 2008 @ 12:53 PM

    yes, Vicki, ke’s comments are worth looking at, always nice to have another point of view, particularly a well written one, to ponder.

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