We are all guilty of it. Arguing about who will be the next James Bond. Who will be the next superhero. What movie our favorite actor or actress will do next. These are all things I know I talked about. I am sure many have. But should we?
Daniel Craig vs. James Bond
Daniel Craig took on the mantle of James Bond in Casino Royal in 2006. The next installment, Spectre, comes out in November and it seems like it will Craig's last. on Thursday, Craig said this to TimeOut on whether or not he will do another Bond:
"Now? I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists," Craig said. "No, not at the moment. Not at all. That's fine. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."
Ask whether or not he wanted to move on from Bond:
I haven’t given it any thought. For at least a year or two, I just don’t want to think about it. I don’t know what the next step is. I’ve no idea. Not because I’m trying to be cagey. Who the fuck knows? At the moment, we’ve done it. I’m not in discussion with anybody about anything. If I did another Bond movie, it would only be for the money.
These statements, of course, set the internet aflame. People are calling him rude. Called him ungrateful. Ellen Pompeo, of Grey's Anatomy, felt the need to call him out.
Craig's comments were a bit much. I am sure he is grateful for what Bond has done him. I am sure he didn't mean what he said. I believe his comments come out of frustration. He has been asked about the next Bond a hundred times. He has been asked to talk about what comes next even before he filmed Spectre.
Just imagine how you would feel if you were asked about what you would be doing in 2-3 years time? Imagine being asked at every opportunity? Daniel Craig is human. He gets irritated. So, he didn't make the articulate statement. In that situation, would you?
Craig isn't the first and he won't be the last
The media has done this to many other actors. They ask an actor in any franchise how many more they will do. Robert Downey Jr. is going to be in three upcoming MCU films. But so many people want to talk about the one that isn't there: Iron Man 4. Downey is even on record say, “There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth ‘Iron Man.'” (Variety) Do you think people are going to stop asking Downey about Iron Man 4? No.
Henry Cavill has been Superman in one released film, Man of Steel, and one film finished film, Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He has already been asked how long he will be Superman:
”As many as it takes. I love the character. I love working with Warner Bros. and what they're doing with it, and so fingers crossed I'll be able to tell the story for many, many years to come.”
People will ask actors how long they will play a certain character all the time. It has become a cornerstone question for every interview and press junket.
I get It
I really do. We all want to know what is next. We are all interested in the future. And we have the right to ask these actors about it. Reports and interviewers want to get the next big scoop. They want to be the one to help their website get the views. I understand this.
However, we need to accept that sometimes the actors are going to be annoyed by the question. Sometimes, they are going to say something stupid, like Craig. When they get asked a question a hundred times, the hundred and first time might make them irritated or annoyed. That is their right as much as it is for us to ask.
So next some actor says something stupid, just ask yourself this: Would you have said anything different if you were in their shoes?