Depp, Farrell, and Jude Law Play White Men
“When you’re part of [something extraordinary and wonderful like that], you think, ‘Ah, this is maybe why I went into the movies, in the beginning. I thought it would be full of wonderful people.’ And in our case, we’ve got a movie full of wonderful people, who did extraordinary things to help.”—Director Terry Gilliam (click “Interviews” to locate the video), on the decision of Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law to donate their salaries from Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus to Ledger’s daughter Matilda, who was not included in Ledger’s will. When Ledger died during the filming of TIODP, Depp, Farrell, and Law stepped in to complete the work, each playing Ledger’s character in a different dimension.
Perhaps this is one of those cases where there is no template to judge how one goes about something, like the way some people are judged when their love one goes missing. “Well who mandated that he must cry every minute of the day? Just because he is not crying doesn’t mean he killed his wife.” Oh, true, the old plausibility clause. Yes, yes, I am aware of plausibility. However, life has also taught me about a little thing called pattern, and witnessing patterns has aided in my cynicism, especially after countless times that I allowed myself to be persuaded away from heeding a pattern and thus suffered the consequences from not doing so.
How much money do Depp, Farrell and Law have or make? What is the going rate for either of them to just fart in a movie? I am quite sure more money than anyone in my family will ever see. More money than if all of us combined our incomes, including money we somehow got and wasted. Heath Ledger’s father promised to financially take care of Matilda. Even if they chose not to, since legally they are under no obligation, the girl’s mother is more than capable, because America pays celebrity exorbitant amounts of cash. And if Michelle, Matilda’s mother decided not to give her a dime, Matilda’s name alone will open doors that will never be open for ninety percent of the world. Showbiz has a way of convincing itself that celebrity children achieve on their own talent, but we all know there is an advantage that is understood and granted.
I don’t want Depp’s or the other two’s money. I don’t even want Depp, because his over the top Captain Sparrow routine is becoming a bit overplayed, overused. Here is the bur under my saddle. Why should we know about Depp, Farrell and Law’s generosity? Why? We must know because they are buying our praise. Already people are saying because of their kindness they will support future projects such as going to their movies. The three men can afford to give because the benefits will be tenfold. The publicity, the adoration, the fan loyalty will bring in more profits than before. I’m not buying it though, because they are exploiting a little girl, a situation. They are pimping her circumstances (which are not even dire) for their gain. They are riding on the coattails of Heath too. His death had all the sensationalism of television. What better death to exploit? The word will keep growing and before it is all over Depp, Farrell, and Law (the creep who cheated on his wife) will be GODS!
There was only one cynical comment on the entry so far, and that comment was shot down using trust fund ideology. “Who wants to rely on their parent’s money, when a child can have money independent from their parents.” Yeah, in my day, it was called getting a fucking job. I mean honestly, how are the trust fund children working out for the betterment of our culture right now?