Who knew that Elizabeth Taylor declined to speak at the public memorial for her pal Michael Jackson because she was sure Jacko would not want her to share her grief “with millions of others”?
Or that Juno director Ivan Reitman watches the TV series Breaking Bad at 3.30 in the morning when he can't sleep? Or actor/director Jon Favreau's 6-year-old daughter rated Disney's G-Force as the “best movie of all time?”
Such trivia and even the occasional insight can easily be gleaned nowadays, thanks to Twitter. Celebrities have been Twittering for ages to communicate with their fans, but now the medium is spreading like wildfire among serious actors, directors, writers, producers and other lesser-known film folk.
SlashFilm started compiling a list of directors, screenwriters and actors who Twitter last March. The website just updated its records, adding more than 50 names, so the list now totals more than 175 people.
Some are using 140 characters or fewer to shamelessly plug their movies or TV shows. Others want to let the world know their philosophies or beliefs, no matter how banal. For example, guess who said, “When the heart is satisfied w/the experience of happiness & the inquiries & doubts of the intellect have been satisfied, fulfilment results”? That would be David Lynch, idiosyncratic director of Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire.
Errol Morris, director of The Fog of War and The Thin Blue Line recently mused, “The only thing that makes life tolerable is that the world is unutterably insane.”
Entourage star Jeremy Piven promotes his new film, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, in between sharing profundities such as, “We don't change we just become more like ourselves...”
Adam Shankman, who made Hairspray and The Wedding Planner, gives a running commentary on his daily activities. One day he leaves his Los Angeles keys in New York, the next day he attends Sarah Michelle Gellar's baby shower, confiding, “She's looking gorgeous.” Who, Sarah Michelle or the baby? Adam doesn't say.
Ashton Kutcher is reputed to be the first Twitter user to have reached more than 3 million followers. “He tweets often, posts a lot of links and pictures and @replies to followers,” according to Mashable, The Social Media Guide. A typical Ashton offering: “Tonight wifey and I host the franklin strip fanatic fantasy football owners dinner.”
John Cleese recently assured his followers, “Dearest Twittering Twats, Just to let you know that reports of my death are greatly exaggerated...”
Kevin Smith (Clerks, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) posted photos of his current, untitled movie starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, together with vulgar updates like, “It's way chunky - and way funny! But I know funny & chunky don't get laid so the flick's on a diet.”
At least some stars can be self-deprecating. Actor/writer David Spade has admitted, “Just realized most things i twitter are super lame. and by most i mean all.”