Celebrity falls, antics, delusions & plain stupidity

"We've become so glorified in the movie-star system that it's become this artificial royalty. The truth is that we're circus clowns." -- Nicolas Cage Celebrity falls, antics, delusions & plain stupidity

“We’ve become so glorified in the movie-star system that it’s become this artificial royalty. The truth is that we’re circus clowns.”
— Nicolas Cage
Celebrity falls, antics, delusions & plain stupidity

Hollie McKay of FOX News asks Human Behavior Expert Patrick Wanis PhD for his expert comments and analysis on the recent falls, antics and strange behavior of celebrities (Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, et al.)

Patrick Wanis PhD: While fame and fortune can be intoxicating, they can also lead to delusions of grandeur and power without any thought about the consequences.  Celebrities have shown time after time that it can become hard to distinguish between a role on TV or film and real life.  The lives of so many celebrities are in much greater turmoil than ever before. So many celebrities lose sight of who they really are. They get carried away by their persona, by their image, and by the grandeurs of delusion and power – and it easily leads to a corruption of power. Time after time we witness another example of celebrity stupidity, entitlement and delusion; the delusion that because someone has fame and fortune they can get away with anything and everything. The constant attention, adulation and power can easily become addictive and overpowering and can lead to narcissism. The rush of the fame and power can prevent someone from stopping and thinking about the possible consequences of one’s actions. The only thing that prevents us from being hypnotized into thinking we are Gods is humility; and life always comes along and humbles us – particularly when we least expect it – and it doesn’t matter who you are or how rich, famous or powerful you might be!

Maybe these celebrity quotes say it best:

Celebrity is a pretty stunning thing. At first I was like ‘They love me! Oh, I love them, too.’ And suddenly, I was tap-dancing on my pedestal and it was whack! Facedown in the dirt.
– Sharon Stone, Oct. 14, 1994

There are, I think, three countries left in the world where I can go and I’m not as well-known as I am here. I’m a pretty big star, folks – I don’t have to tell you. Superstar, I guess you could say.
– Bruce Willis (1998)

People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius.
–  Jerry Lewis

We’ve become so glorified in the movie-star system that it’s become this artificial royalty. The truth is that we’re circus clowns.
– Nicolas Cage

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    Patrick says:

    Dear Elaine,

    here is another of my favorite quote’s which helps to explain our fascinaction and obsession with and our expectations of celebrities:

    People have this obsession. They want you to be like you were in 1969. They want you to, because otherwise their youth goes with you.
    – – -Mick Jagger, 1993

    Patrick

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    Elaine says:

    I like to acknowledge what Nicolas Cage said, and his willingness to be real, look at the subject from another point of view, and the courage to share it.

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