posted on Jul, 19 2009 @ 02:33 PM
I was hanging out with my friend last night over a few beers at his place discussing this thread. He is an A-List Actor (formerly B-List) and he
laughed at the sizes of some people's homes that were mentioned here. His only home is 2400 sq feet for his second wife, his two kids and himself. He
started bitching about how his house is far too big and if it weren't for the 20 acres and the entire movie set town he built in his backyard he'd
downsize in a heartbeat.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Cribs, etc. is a fallacy for people who are overcompensating, as my friend laughingly said. He told me that some of
the people that he knows in Hollywood might have 2 or 3 homes, but most of them are small, overpriced apartments or townhouses in big cities too
expensive to afford, but for the most part, most of the people he knows have shacks out in the middle of nowhere and live in hiding and reclusive
anonymity like Ted Kaczynsky. His best friend, a famous movie director, even lives in a run-down trailer in the middle of the remote woods, but he
does so because it's right next to the best fishing hole in the world.
You can't put a price on happiness and privacy, no matter how successful or rich you may be. Your house is just somewhere where you keep your beer
cold and rest your head at the end of the day when you need to get away from the world. As long as a place is hidden from annoying fans, has a couch,
and a working fridge, my actor friend says that's good enough for him.
I can see his point.
Post-Script: He also took time to point out that unless you are Will Smith, contrary to popular belief, Actors are not rich...their Agents are,
but they generally aren't. The fancy clothes and jewelry that you see Actors wearing at gala events is loaned to them by designers. Actors are
nothing more than walking billboards for the rich, but the reality is that their glamor is just as fake as Hollywood movies.
[edit on 19-7-2009 by fraterormus]