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Why Movie Stars Don’t Write Books

This just in: apparently Hugh Grant- yes, that Hugh Grant, he of leading man status in romantic comedies on both sides of the pond- has always dreamed of a writing career.  Now, this fact alone was not so surprising- who doesn’t want to write?  What really got me was the coverage of this “news”: some dozen versions of the same little story covered in sources from the Times of India to the German Newspaper Bild am Sonntag to blogs and movie databases.  My favorite version (for its clumsiness) can be found on Thandian News (a news portal in Thailand that syndicates news stories- who knew?), and just about sums it up:

Hugh Grant has always cherished a dream to write a book. But he admits that he’d like to put that dream away until he will be more financially stable.

The Two Weeks’ Notice star started writing his first book many years ago but didn’t complete the story as new movie projects take him away from his computer. He believes that it may be because of laziness or fear of failure but he ends up thinking that it would be better if made a film, earned money and worked with beautiful women. And that’s why his novel is on the backburner, at least until he’s done more movies.

1) I’m rubbing elbows with movie stars in my “laziness and fear of failure” where writing is concerned, and
2) Apparently it takes more than $12.5 Million per movie (Grant’s reported pay on Two Weeks’ Notice) to reach the “financial stability” necessary to sit down and write a book.  Kudos to all you writers who do it for a little less than that.

2 comments on “Why Movie Stars Don’t Write Books

  1. gary s
    January 8, 2010

    here’s hoping that he keeps “dreaming” of a writing career because if he acutally becomes a writer (with a little help from his friends) I will pound my head against a sturdy oak tree as I contemplate the millions he will rake in.

  2. ultan
    January 9, 2010

    And what if he delivers a minor masterpiece? I know it takes lots of effort and ideas and review and reading other great and not so great literature to develop a sense of style and a hard skin to accept those unflattering reviews.Like children “beauty “is in the eye of the reader. In the meantime,keep writing. ultan

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This entry was posted on December 29, 2009 by in Complaint, Delusions, The Scoop.

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