Monday, October 22, 2012
Top 12 Celebrity Con Artists
Christopher Atkins is hot, this we all know, but he has never really given Hoffman or Pacino much competition when award season roles around. Atkins does however, possess something many Hollywood 'celebrities' seem unable to get their hands on, a decent sense of self. The actor has always seemed to know, even when younger, what his strengths and weaknesses were and how to best take advantage of what he has. Atkins came to fame in his first role by dropping his skivvies and has, whether by choice or by necessity, has never tried to run from what audiences wanted. In movie roles (A Night In Heaven) on television, (the speedo clad Peter on Dallas) or even modeling nude (As I See It by Greg Gorman, 2000). While many celebrities try to distance themselves from certain parts of themselves, maybe their past, that might interfere with career, the real ones, the ones who know themselves, embrace it and make it plus within their lives and careers.
On last week's The X Factor, I sort of chuckled hearing Britney Spears criticize a young singer for their lack of voice and breath control. I can give Spears a wee pass however as although she is no singer, she has worked hard (although not always successfully) to make up for her vocal limitations with her ability to put on energized performances. Other celebrities do not compensate quite so well, some continue to try to fool the public by living their hype and letting Hollywood PR tell the story their talent may not be able to pull off.
Here, I present you with my top 12 Celebrity Con Artists. It is not so much about degree of talent as their skill at covering lapses, not with other talents, but by thinking the public is stupid enough (which we can be) to buy the lie. In the sake of fairness I left Kristen Stewart (above) off the list. Although many have bought the actress as having the great ability to pull off playing a brooding, annoying and vapid teenager, she has not really been watchable on screen since her debut in Panic Room. I know many will disagree with some of my choices, I know many of you will know exactly what I mean by some. I would be very curious if some of you might use that little comment button and share some of your own!
Bronson Pinchot isn't the only one who thinks she may be one of those Ruthless People.