Hollywood is a town and industry filled with the planet's worst people. Most are talentless hacks and insecure braggadocios, but some rise to the peak of their craft because - well - they are actually good at something. They still fail the test of being a reasonable and dignified human being, but we can't ask everything from our "auteurs." Here are some of the worst offenders/best pretenders.
Jim Cameron: He’s given us the biggest movies of all time, and he even used to make good ones. No one denies this man’s vision or strength of storytelling. Too bad he comes off as such a doucher. From being the harshest of taskmasters during production, to ignoring fans at the airport, to unleashing sappy FX-spectacles on an unwitting public, this man seems to be filled with contempt for his fellow human beings. He would do well to put the edginess back into his movies, and chill a bit more in real life. We know that history isn’t made by Nice Guys, which is why ol’ Jimmy has busted many cinematic and technological barriers. That said, all is forgiven via his extended cameo on “Entourage."
Roman Polanski: Here’s where it gets out of hand and beyond good taste. We all know the story about how he got inappropriate with a 13-year-old girl in Jack Nicholson’s hot tub back in the day (where was Jack to supervise btw?) And I’m going to hazard an educated guess that this wasn’t the first or only time that Roman partook in such activities. Basically, he’s a pervy wanker (or wanky pervert?) who happens to be one of the most brilliant film directors of all time, when he’s in the zone. The Ninth Gate is actually one of my favorite movies ever, if you can believe that. Again, massive talent often comes with a high price of stunted emotional growth and poor behavior.
Woody Allen: Our homegrown American pervy wanker! Mr. Konigsberg (real name) has directed 160,000 films, SOME of which are really good! And they are about PEOPLE, not vampire/superhero/zombie/anus-stitched-to-mouth nonsense. Too bad that this impressive work output comes with full Creepy Cretin status. He’s married to his adopted daughter, and his other kids have spoken out about his abuse/molestation. He should probably be locked up in the sex offender’s warehouse. And so much of his work concerns elitist, self-absorbed, over-intellectualized snobs who you want to Superman-punch right through the art-house screen. Hey, that’s sort of like the plot to “The Purple Rose of Cairo.”
Peter Jackson: From the director of The Lovely Bones and the insipid King Kong remake comes…more bumblefuckery! Yes, he lost weight, but it didn’t seem to lighten him up in the process. This master of fantasy comes off like a surly prick in his downtime. Like a true nerd, he is very irritable. With all that focus on CGI Orcs, maybe he is having trouble recognizing the humanity swirling around him. Though, I will also extend potential forgiveness to him if he graces us with a “Bad Taste” sequel.
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