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Woody Allen

Marlon Brando


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William Shakespeare

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Movie Stars Do the Dumbest Things

Margaret Moser

Michael Bertin

Bill Crawford

Rock Stars Do the Dumbest Things

Sharon Stone

Sophia Loren


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Movie Stars Do The Dumbest Things

by Margaret Moser, Michael Bertin and Bill Crawford.
First Published in 1999.

ISBN 1-58063-107-X (Paperback, 316 Pages)

Following on from their earlier work, Rock Stars Do the Dumbest Things, authors Margaret Moser and Bill Crawford were joined by freelance author Michael Bertin to produce this exposé of movie-star madness and outrageous behavior. As such, the book's dedication reads "To the film crews, maids waiters, janitors, fans, lovers, and others who clean up the mess."

Johnny Depp. Marilyn Monroe. Marlon Brando. Leonardo DiCaprio. Woody Allen. Sharon Stone. What do all of these actors have in common? They're outrageous, receive huge salaries, have enormous egos, and have way too much spare time. Their out-of-control lifestyles prove that, as one Hollywood observer noted, "Hollywood is a trip through a sewer in a glass-bottomed boat."

No matter how hard you try to dislike this book, such feelings quickly evaporate when the one is presented with such shocking stories. And very comprehensive the book is too, the bulk of which is taken up by an alphabetically arranged section featuring detailed pages of facts and figures for more than sixty stars. A great many other people and incidents are also briefly mentioned including an altercation between Sophia Loren and Paul Peterson on the set of Houseboat as well as references to Martha Plimpton, Samantha Mathis and River's Sneakers co-star, Dan Aykroyd.


When speaking of his sexually ambiguous role in the feature My Own Private Idaho (1991), Reeves waxed analytic. "I thought it was an amazing script. Just in terms of narrative, man, there's cows, bang! bang! bang!, porno shops, salmon swimming, blow jobs, money-exchanging, and then I burst out in Idaho, smash! And then Shakespeare..."

On another occasion, after almost an hour with a reporter from the Los Angeles Times, Reeves got up, walked out to his hotel room balcony, and began windmilling his arms while screaming and swearing at himself. He walked back into the suite, sat back down, rewound the tape recorder, then continued with the interview. His explanation? "I'm a basket case, man. Look at me, man. I'm a basket case."

Sure enough, to be found between Sean Penn and Elvis Presley is a section about River. However, when the actions of this particular movie star are put into context and compared with the exploits of other stars, River actually ends up being treated quite lightly by the authors.


At one point Phoenix got angry with a journalist for leaving half a page blank in her notebook, and lectured her about the terrible waste of paper in American offices. "I mean if they can make a plutonium generator which will orbit Jupiter and stay there for forty-three years," he observed, "surely they can make a receipt that will save paper."

When a bunch of skinheads taunted him at a party, River said, "If you really wanted to kick my a**, go ahead, just explain to me why you're doing it." One said, "Ah, you wouldn't be worth it." River said, "We're all worth it, man, we're all worth millions of planets and stars and galaxies and universes."

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