Jennifer Aniston, Elton John + More Discuss the Perils of Being a ‘Sellebrity’ [VIDEO]
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‘$ellebrity,’ rock and roll photographer Kevin Mazur’s first “feature-length” documentary, focuses on the media and what it means to be famous in America, tracking the rise of celebrities from classic Hollywood through the paparazzi frenzies of today.
And to get a truly accurate picture of such things, he went right to some well-known sources, interviewing stars like Jennifer Aniston, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Salma Hayek, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock.
Here’s a description on the movie’s official website:
Fame is now a national pastime, it is what millions of us follow, believe in and seemingly what we care about most – as well as a billion dollar-a-year industry. But what does our intense fascination with celebrity say about us? And how much is too high a price to pay for our own curiosity run rampant? Sellebrity captures the free-for-all of pop culture today and the ever-changing face of fame.
In the film, the frequently faux-pregnant Aniston describes being hounded by paparazzi thusly: “False imprisonment … When I’m in my car, they’re surrounding [me]. I can’t see. They flash light bulbs; it’s nighttime, and my vision is impaired.”
“All of a sudden, you’re a victim to what they’re saying and what they’re writing,” added Lopez. (Proving that her love life moves in warp speed, she was interviewed sitting arm-in-arm with her now ex-husband Marc Anthony.)
Elton John is the most vocal about today’s culture of insta-fame, saying reality television “numbs my brain” and adding, “The people being called celebrities who have their own reality shows, I wanna kill them.”
While being harassed by the paparazzi can’t be easy, we’d be remiss if we didn’t note that some major stars manage to avoid such perils with ease — because they don’t court the attention.
For example, you don’t often see photos of Johnny Depp out and about. He’s so media-averse that he lived in France for years and even recently bought a house in Nashville since that’s not a place photographers typically lie in wait.
So while it may be unfair to say “stop going out in New York and Los Angeles, you big dolts,” that seems to be the magical solution to the problem.