Saturday, December 17, 2005

Steve Guttenberg: "I'm enjoying life now"

There was an amazing interview in Metro this week with '80s actor Steve Guttenberg. The man starred in the kind of silly but strangely memorable films that fill you with happy nostalgia - stuff like Three Men and A Baby, Police Academy, Short Circuit and Cocoon (plus all their sequels. Man, he loved sequels). But Guttenberg just wasn't quite right for non-'80s stardom and seemed to vanish just after 1990's Three Men and A Little Lady.

In the interview, he comes across as shamelessly unapologetic, aggressively I HAVE NO REGRETS ALL RIGHT? The actor claims that when he first became rich that he spent most of his money on "Food. Lots of food." Typecasting, he says is "a good thing". When asked why, if he's so rich, he still needs to work , he replies simply: "I love the fame and the money and the power."

Pretty quality, no? But this outpouring of insecurity is my favourite part:
From 1980 to 1990, I shot more films than any other actor in the Screen Actors Guild apart from Gene Hackman. Everyone keeps asking me that stupid question: "What are you doing?" I say: "Why do I need to do anything? I'm rich." Do you want me to be poor again? Do you want me to go back to making tomato soup out of ketchup and water? Or would you like me to be a multimillionaire and be rewarded for all the entertainment I gave you for all those years? I'm enjoying life now. If I was a plumber and I'd done the most plumbing jobs between 1980 and 1990, everyone would be saying: "What a great plumber" - he says "f**k you to the world and he's enjoying himself." But for some reason, as an actor, you're not allowed to say: "I'm f**king rich, bro."

Guttenberg has just starred in a straight-to-DVD comedy called P.S. Your Cat is Dead.

Read the full interview here.

1 comment:

jpt said...

Five alive.