I’m sure by now you all heard that rapper/actor Chris Brown is back in trouble with the law. No, he didn’t beat his on again/off again girlfriend Rhianna to a pulp. This time he actually punched a man. What I find odd about this is that he had a bodyguard with him. Isn’t that what you hire those guys for? Let them do the fighting, and you stay out of jail (especially when you’re still on parole).
Anyway, this happened at 4:00 a.m. outside a nightclub. Apparently the guy was asking to take a picture with Brown. Yet another reason why everybody with their photograph requests make it hard for the autograph collector. The celebrities hate to stop for pictures for a number of reasons. Often times people aren’t exactly sure how the cameras on their phone work. Sometimes they do, but the flash doesn’t go off, or the photo is blurry, and they request another and another. During the time the star is stopping to take a photo, other people see this and request photos. It was a much simpler time when you could hand them a piece of paper and they’d sign it and be on their way.
I’ve seen Paul McCartney sign autographs, but refuse to take photos with fans. Pat Benatar does the same thing (although she can be tough with autograph requests, but does cell CDs and photos signed on her website at reasonable prices).
One last Hollwood autograph story.
The movie “Last Vegas” opens this weekend. It’s surprisingly good. Well, in the USA Today yesterday, there was an interview with director Jon Turteltaub. He said it was scary working with stars Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, and Robert De Niro. He said, “There’s a weird balance between being excited to work with the legendary actors and being so excited that you can’t actually do your job. You don’t want to be the guy who’s working with someone and also asking for their autographs, because that just makes you a loser.”
No it doesn’t, Turteltaub. It just makes you a fan!