A little while ago, Entertainment Weekly did an interview with House‘s Robert Sean Leonard. Besides the fact that both House and Leonard are great, the interview was a nice window into the world of a serious actor who loves his work, but has neither the inclination nor the ambition to be über-famous. I found this story especially enlightening:
I once did a movie with Kiefer Sutherland called Ground Control, about air traffic controllers. We had like four directors. At one point, I walked in, and he was directing. I said, ”What are you doing?” He said, ”Richard quit, I don’t know.” I remember Kiefer saying, ”Man, this is like one of those movies where you go home to your hotel and you’re exhausted, it’s three in the morning, you turn on the TV and the movie you’re shooting is actually on Showtime.” You think, ”I’m still shooting this! And they sold it to Showtime!”
Poetry has some uniquely lame trade-offs, but it’s still nice to see that even actors who have “made it,” still have to put up with this sort of crap.