As I’m sure you’ve heard on many occasions from those in the industry, Hollywood isn’t necessarily about “What have you done for me?” or even “What will you eventually do for me?” as much as it is “What have you done for me lately?” As such, actors and behind-the-camera talent really have to leverage as much as they can as quickly as they can to get ahead.
This leads to a whole lot of stretching of the truth, with folks overstating their importance in certain projects just so they can be taken seriously in the industry. Believe it or not, even Joel Edgerton, actor and director in such films as The Gift and this year’s Oscar contender Boy Erased. Star Wars fans may recognize the man as his brief stint as Uncle Owen in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, and apparently, he milked that for all it was worth, as he revealed to Total Film.
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“Star Wars allowed me, in that 18-month period while they were putting the movie together, to bluff my way into any meeting I wanted. ‘I’m in Star Wars. I’m not telling you that I’m only in it for five minutes and that I don’t have a lightsaber.’ I would have meetings with people, and let them believe I was a larger part of the story than I actually was. That was a good time and allowed me to get my first job out of the States.”
No judgment here. You gotta do what you gotta do in order to make it in the business, and if you’re able to stand on your own once you make it to the top, then it was worth a little white lie, I suppose.
Did you, in your wildest dreams, think a young Uncle Owen would ever achieve such heights as Joel Edgerton, or like me, did you imagine his career would go up in flames? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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