…by Jonas E. Alexis
The “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” stars are heading-butting again in their custody battle. It seems to be a never-ending media fight, and both celebrities are trying to out-smart one another because no one wants to lose the custody battle. Pitt has just come out and said that Jolie is irresponsible and has been using the popular media to manipulate the situation.
Jolie, Pitt says, “apparently has no self-regulating mechanism to preclude sensitive information from being placed in public record, or she has other motives pursuant to which she seeks to disseminate information in the proceedings.”
Pitt declared in court documents that Jolie violated their agreement: “On Dec 7, Jolie violated evidence code 1152 and made public letters between counsel in the proceeding containing detailed discussions about visitations, custody evaluations and parent conflicting contentions about what is in the children’s best interests.”
For her part, Jolie has compiled “an extensive ‘dirt file’” on Pitt, which he hopes she would never reveal to the public. This “extensive dirty file” includes drug abuse. We are told that “Brad is desperate to keep his secrets hidden. He doesn’t want Angelina airing his dirty laundry in public. Brad’s having tough times at the box office, and he knows how vindictive Angie can be.”
There is more here than meets the eye and ear. Didn’t the media and Hollywood portray those people as happy all the time? Didn’t they seem to be joyful in public appearances and TV interviews?
Or could it be that Hollywood gives people the false impression or the illusion that many celebrities are doing fine when in fact they are not? Is it possible to assert that those who break the moral order will eventually suffer the detrimental consequences? More importantly, do those celebrities actually know that they are at war with the moral law and their own conscience?
Eve Mendes, who starred in the 2007 film We Own the Night, confided that she needed a cocktail to work up the courage to shoot the scene.
“Eva Mendes may have confidently showed off her body in tiny bikinis on magazine covers, but she wasn’t so keen on baring even more on screen. ‘I wasn’t comfortable at all,’ she told reporters Friday at the Cannes press conference for We Own the Night, which contains a steamy sex scene—her first—with Joaquin Phoenix. ‘They were very sweet and they poured me a vodka and orange juice and then I was fine,’ she said.”
She does not feel comfortable filming a sex scene consciously, so she has to do it unconsciously. Yet she expects moviegoers to watch her acts consciously.
Again, she is not alone. Here’s what actress Rosie Perez says of her role in The Take:
“Rosie Perez says shooting a steamy sex scene with her good friend John Leguizamo for their new movie, ‘The Take,’ was ‘very awkward.’ ‘This is not my first time working with John. We are friends, I’ve known him very long; it was very easy working with him. We have an easy dialogue and between each other there is no ego, no competition…
“It was in the sex scene between husband and wife that things started to go bad…It was the hardest scene, very difficult,’ she said. ‘I respect him so much and he respects me so much. I know his wife, he knew my husband and introduced me to my boyfriend. It was very awkward. Like brother and sister having to do a sex scene.”
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt
Jennifer Lawrence has said almost the same thing. With respect to the sex scene in her movie Passengers, she said that it was
“a bizarre experience. It’s really weird. It led to more anxiety when I got home because I was like, ‘What have I done? I don’t know. He was married, and it was going to be my first time kissing a married man and guilt is the worst feeling in your stomach.
“I knew it was my job, but I couldn’t tell my stomach that. So I called my mom and I was like, ‘Will you just tell me it’s okay?’ It was just very vulnerable. That was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been.”
She of course had to get a drink before the scene.
This sort of hypocrisy is found among many in Hollywood. When director Jeffrey Reddick was asked, “Which do you think is less acceptable: using witchcraft to pork your hot English teacher, or playing a trick on a person you don’t like?” he responded,
“As for me, morally, I’d have issues using magic to bone a hot English teacher…since they wouldn’t be doing it of their own free will. Now if we were both drunk…hmmmm…we could blame it on Jack Daniels.
“As for playing a trick on someone I don’t like, I wouldn’t waste my time doing that. There are some folks in Hollywood who have tried to screw me over, but I think success is the best revenge.”
This poor chump does not even believe in his own message, yet he is expecting movie goers to swallow it.
In their desperate attempt to make money by whatever means, Hollywood producers like Reddick have to spread some virus among the masses. We all know by now that all of the avenues of fame and power and attention merely whet the appetite of most people, who will then spend the rest of their lives striving to gain greater, more lasting fame and power.
In fact, many of those people are sometimes willing to sell their souls, both literally and figuratively. Eva Mendez, who starred in movies like Ghost Rider and Hitch, stated as much in an online interview promoting Ghost Rider. “I love the idea of selling your soul to the devil,” she said. “I kind of feel like I do it a little every day in this business – or every other day.”
As DMX pointed out, that’s exactly what the industry and the Powers That Be in Hollywood want. They want “new artists to sell their souls to survive. The industry don’t give a fu$k about you! But the industry couldn’t make a dime without you!”
 Courtney Rubin, “Eva Mendes: I Needed a Cocktail to Film Sex Scene,” People.com, May 26, 2007.
 “Rosie Perez: Filming Sex Scene with John Leguizamo for ‘The Take’ was ‘Very Awkward’,” Fox News, April 7, 2008.
 “Jennifer Lawrence shoots first sex scene with Chris Pratt in Passengers: ‘I got really really drunk,’” Independent, December 17, 2015; “Jennifer Lawrence felt ‘vulnerable,’ got drunk for first sex scene of career with Chris Pratt,” NY Daily News, November 18, 2015.
 “The Chronicles of Reddick: Interview with Tamara scribe Jeffrey Reddick,” CampBlood.com, 2005.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.