COMMENTARY | Hollywood actors behaving badly has been a staple of the tabloids ever since there was a film industry. However, there are occasions when someone whose job is to entertain us restores ones faith in humanity.
But first, the bad and the ugly before the good. It seems that Shia LeBeouf, best known for his role in the “Transformers” series, was overfilled with drink and entitlement when he disrupted a showing of the musical “Cabaret” now in revival on Broadway.
“As LaBeouf was melting down, a cluster of pedestrians outside the West 54th Street theater gawked as the star berated Officer Joseph Pecora. A theater security guard told cops that LaBeouf stood up during the middle of last night’s performance of the musical and yelled loudly at the actors onstage.
“According to a criminal complaint, when the troubled actor arrived at the Midtown North Precinct he spit in Pecora’s direction. The cop noted that he ‘observed the spit land at my feet.'”
He was also smoking in the theater, slapping women’s behinds, and generally acting the fool. Clearly the young man is headed for the stereotypical Hollywood fate of rehab and perhaps an early death.
By contrast we regard Amy Adams, who is very regardable, the star of such films as “American Hustle.” Recently she gave up her first class seat to a serviceman, taking instead a seat in coach with hoi polloi. She made the gesture quietly, not wanting a lot of fuss over it. However someone with a twitter connection saw her do it and the news went viral all over social media.
While LeBeouf was drunkenly demanding of the cops who were hauling him away, “Do you know who I am?” Adams was demonstrating who she was, quietly, but with a great deal of class. While it is fun to look askance at the misbehavior of people like LeBeouf, of whom Hollywood has an abundance, it is nice to know that from time to time we can celebrate what is left of goodness and appreciation of who the real heroes are, as demonstrated by Amy Adams.