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Stupor Star

Updated on April 15, 2018


I read his response:

"One would have thought that granting fans the opportunity to post directly to me, that this would be the busiest section of the forum."

"Yet, with all the recipes, bookshelves and other categories, this is the
first post made here."

"I'm not judging, just making an observation"

The First time I saw him...

I met him many years ago; he had just graduated Devoe Acting School and had joined the cast of one of those little Shakespearian companies.

When I had to cast roles for television or motion pictures I tended to splash around in the waay waay off Broadway world.

I was always looking for that unknown I could make a known. That new face which could fill the 'Name Brand' role for a tenth of the cost.

For example, we wanted a 'Brad Pitt' type for this soap, we wanted a 'Whoopi Goldberg' type for that drama.

I'd go out and search in those lost corners of the thespian world. Often I'd find someone who didn't 'fit' the 'Brad Pitt' as he was Asian or my Whoopi might be
a blonde, but I went for talent and presence, as many characters are blank slates where the physical appearance was not as important as the 'presence'.

That's why I cast him. When I saw him I almost immediately ' felt' his presence.

He had the ability to pull my eyes from centre stage to the corner where he
stood, force my ears to strain for his lines.

I wanted him.

I left the theatre, called my Aide, told her where, when, and who, and went out
to a late dinner.

The next day I met him at the casting. I sat quietly. When he came onto the
stage, I told the director; "That's the one..."

I spoke softly without gesture.

Who I Am

I'm Midas. That's what they call me. Behind my back.

I am the one they call first, (if they can afford my fee). I seem to always find that perfect actor/actress who catches attention and more than fulfills the request.

I appear very humble. I dress down, I am quiet, ignorable. I work to be ignorable because I do not want the focus.

It would destroy my usefulness if an actor knew who I was and began to play
to me. I must see them at that moment of honesty when they are playing their
part, unaware of the significance of the eyes on them.

So I sit in little theatres watching little plays, my eyes open for that actor/actress who has the potential to be a Star.

Getting the Part

Because I indicated him, he got the part.

After his first appearance the fan base began to grow exponentially.

I ran into the director a few months later, expecting the usual gratefulness.

"I am Never going to Take anyone you suggest Again..."

"What is it Syd?" I ask, confused.

" recommended."

"I thought he was a hit...?" I say.

"Oh, he gets tons of emails and letters, sure. But he is the most obnoxious S.O.B.
I have ever worked with....."

Syd went on to list this guys faults and because I considered Syd a friend I promised to take the S.O.B. off his hands by getting him a role in something

"If you do that, I take back everything I've said..."

Square Peg?

They were looking for a particular type in a drama, and I suggested the S.O.B.

As I had suggested him, they went for him.

Considering the kind of person he proved to be, he immediately went to break his contract with Syd and take on this 'bigger' project.

Syd sent me one fantastic bottle of wine as a thank you.

The S.O.B. went into the Drama and became almost a Star.


The Drama was a hit, the Actor was getting so much attention you'd think he'd made it. I recall stopping by a Message Board he'd created for himself and seeing all the fans babbling away and he making maybe one or two posts a month.

Not answering them, you understanding, just using this Message Board for
pontificating. For him, 'All the World's A Stage' and he is the only one on it.

The Director of the Drama hated him, and said; "In one way he was a great
choice, but having to work with him? Let me put it to you like this; He'd try to
teach Einstein about relativity."

"He's one of those?" I laughed.

I couldn't help it.

Every so often I run across an absolute no body who thinks he is a super star
and it is hysterically funny.

Okay, I've got a fine sense of the ridiculous.

I know that until the day an actor is at the top of the A list, making demands
being difficult is a one way ticket to Oblivion.

Actors are ten a penny. Trust me on this. Everyone thinks they can act,
and those who get the chance to do so should be grateful, because there
is [unless one is a virtual physical freak] thirty or more persons who can
take that job without dislocation.

I knew that S.O.B.s days were numbered and that once he was dropped
from the drama he'd never get anything else and wind up where he was
when I met him, third man on the left in an Off Off Off Broadway theatre.

As I said...

As soon as his contract was up, his character was killed.

He had a standard contract not a 'life of the show'.

This meant that it was easily breakable.

Once his character was killed, and he was unemployed, he used his rags of
fame to wangle a role on a soap.

This role lasted one year and he was dropped. Dropped with no offers from
anywhere or anyone. His reputation of an S.O.B. was viral.

Shortly, he was back in little theatres.

I hadn't heard of him for a decade when his name came up in conversation. Apparently the original drama he had appeared in had been syndicated and sold to
far off places and some poor soul didn't realise she was watching a fifteen
year old program and wrote a fan letter.

The station got the letter, and didn't know what to do with it, and mentioned
it to the Director of a current drama, [who'd directed the ancient one he had
appeared in].

The Director mentioned it to me at a cocktail party.

When I got home I did the usual Google to find out if my S.O.B. was still alive.

Still alive and just as pretentious.

His Message Board

It was a very professional looking Web Page, I doubt he paid to have it done,
Yup, he did it himself.

He was a talented Web Page designer.

The page was jammed with images of himself, and there was the Message Board.

I noted that it was not particularly busy. There were few members. I noticed the
various 'categories' and that most of the discussion were between fans, talking
to each other.

He popped in now and then with a pontification, as I would call it. One or two
'fans' might respond, some in one sentence, agreeing.

There was one user who brought up an issue, and anyone could see from the
language used, the information shared, that this was an educated person.

Anyone, not the S.O.B., who responded in a presumptuous manner.

Noticing the dates, that most of the activity between him and the fans was rather
aged, one could call the M.B. fairly moribund, save the sections where this
fan spoke to that fan about something totally unconnected to the S.O.B.

That is when came the post which opens this little report.

For a moment I thought of giving him a synopsis of what happened to him to take
him from that little theatre where I found him, through the first project, the second, and why he would 'never work in this town again.'

But I really didn't see why I should expend the effort.


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    • qeyler profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      Love it.

    • somethgblue profile image


      3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      It is in general honey, you might really want to try exercising the grey matter a little bit, obviously it is fictionalized but that is the point everything is.

      I don't 'think' anything about you, you simple are not important and I have no fantasies about people that think everything is about them, it is not.

      Every time you write an article, you reveal a little bit more about yourself to the world, if you can't accept that then you are either in the fifth grade or you don't exercise the grey matter much, either way the fact that your having trouble grasping the concept that writing is a reflection of your subconscious is all I need to now about how your narrow perception limits your ability to think outside the box.

      I'm betting on the fifth grade.

    • qeyler profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      I am going to try one more time. Yes, I know an actor just like the stupor star. And he is exactly where he is in RL as he is in the story. I don't have the little facts. I don't know how he got his first break, or his second. I do know the complaints.

      So, I took the story and fictionalised it.

      I don't know who you think I am, where you think I am, or what kind of fantasy you have about me.

      And I am not about to give my autobiography. However, I'll tell you this, you are so incredibly off the mark, I had to crack up when I read your diatribe.

    • somethgblue profile image


      3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Again with getting defensive, I understand it was fiction however every story has consciously or subconsciously a meaning to it. Whether or not you meant to put a point or deeper meaning into it is arbitrary, every thought has purpose regardless of whether you accept this or not.

      All stories and thoughts have a deeper meaning and are merely symbolic of communication happening between your soul and your consciousness, you writing is an expression of this communication.

      Every story you write in essence is an autobiography regardless of the content or subject matter as it is an expression of the real you. Every book that has ever been written is fiction, even history textbooks or scientific journals are but one or several peoples version of reality.

      What is true is what you feel in your heart to be true, that is your reality. Every person on this planet shares, for the most part, the same illusion of reality.

      However reality in third dimensional space is merely various frequencies of light (photons), nothing is real except the energy your thoughts create and how you perceive them.

      The story above is a creation of your experiences and the truth you find in communicating with your soul. Of course it is an autobiography, it is a definition and expression of you. I'm an artist, when you look at one of my paintings you are seeing an expression of me.

      Free your mind from the constraints and prison bars of your TV, un-condition and free your mind from the educational trap it is in and learn to recognize we all create our own reality.

    • qeyler profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      My view is this, it is a work of fiction. I made it up. The narrator is not me, it is fictional character.

      It is not personal. It is a story.

      It is like thinking the actor who played that murderer on T.V. last night should be locked up.

      I didn't see it as a criticism, I saw it as confusion in thinking I was writing autobiographically.

    • somethgblue profile image


      3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      What it really shows is that we are all here to learn a lesson or multiple lessons and the conditions have been set for us to do this. Along the way we are given opportunities to learn these lessons, endure the hardships that are a symptom of these conditions and ultimately overcome them.

      Everybody learns at different scales, different degrees, sometimes we learn our lessons the first time but this is rare, as the EGO (edging God out) prevents us from recognizing our character defects right away. Most of the time we go years learning and repeating the same behavior over and over again, which of course is the definition of the word insanity.

      So I doubt that this was the actors first lesson on the subject of humility and probably won't be the last however most of us could practice the art of being humble on a daily basis. When I express arrogance or superiority as you keep mentioning I am using it in a tongue in cheek manner or sarcasm, I'm not being serious but merely pulling your chain or pushing your buttons to get a response and so far it has been working flawlessly.

      This is who I am and this by no means an apology or excuse, just reality, most people I correspond with understand this and don't take it personally, some don't. I have found those that don't usually have an insecurity they don't recognize in themselves, and tend to get defensive with little provocation.

      Am I superior to your average human, without a doubt but considering the intelligence level on this planet, that ain't saying much.

      You're a good writer, I enjoying reading your articles however in the future I doubt I will be leaving any more comments. Every writer should be able to handle a little criticism and if you don't like mine then simply delete them it won't alter my sleeping patterns at all.

      Thank you!

    • qeyler profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      I wrote this article with reference to those pretentious people who seem to hold this sense of superiority

      Here is an actor who didn't make it...he got a chance but his sense of superiority, the manner in which he alienated those he had to work with and for caused his failure.

      That's all.

    • somethgblue profile image


      3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Is their a message or point to this . . . please enlighten me as I seemed to have missed it, it was well written but obviously it turned me off?

    • qeyler profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago

      This is a Work of FICTION.


      It didn't happen.

      I made it Up.

    • somethgblue profile image


      3 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      "I appear very humble. I dress down, I am quiet, ignorable."

      I think the key word in the above sentence would be 'appear', the way you ended this article was disgusting.

      I was hoping you were going to make a point as the article was very well written but to cast judgment while stroking your ego through the belittling of others . . . was disgusting, there is no other way to put it.

      voted down, boo, boo.


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