Thursday, June 21, 2012

Quote of the Day (Tad Friend, on Ben Stiller, ‘Hamburger Star’)

“A star, to the industry, is someone who can dependably get a film ‘open’- that is, can lure people to see it on opening weekend. A star, to the rest of us, is the person our eyes are always drawn to onscreen. Stars come in two distinct varieties. A sirloin star like Brad Pitt is someone people long for, or long to be. A hamburger star like Ben Stiller is someone whose struggles and triumphs give us vicarious satisfaction.”—Tad Friend, “Letter From Hollywood: Funny Is Money: Ben Stiller and the Dilemma of Modern Stardom,” The New Yorker, June 25, 2012

(Ben Stiller photographed in New York City by Jiyang Chen, November 2010)

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