The three adverts taken out by Spielberg and Lucas to celebrate the successes of each other’s films.
1) Sent from Spielberg to Lucas in 1977 to celebrate Star Wars beating Jaws’s box office record.
2) Sent by Lucas to Spielberg in 1982 to celebrate E.T. beating Star Wars’s box office record.
3) Sent by Spielberg to Lucas in 1997 to celebrate the successful re-release of the Star Wars trilogy.
Movie stars as we understand in the classic movie stars are, in a way, on the wane. I don’t think the main stream … American film industry sells us stars the way they used to and they don’t sell movies with stars. They sell movies based on franchises: popular book franchises like Twilight or Harry Potter, on special effects, on comic book heroes. Those are what audiences pay to see. They don’t necessarily go to see [a movie] because Tom Cruise … or Ryan Gosling is in it. … I think the whole culture has changed in the sense that we almost don’t need classic movie stars in the way we used to because the Internet allows us to manufacture our own personas in many, many different ways. … So what happens to the classic movie star in this scenario? They become lesser in value. They become mocked. The famous Tom Cruise-Oprah couch scene is still playing at a YouTube channel near you. I mean, it will be there forever. Twenty years ago it would have been fodder for a week of late night jokes and forgotten, but now it’s proof that we have a certain power over these people that used to have power over us.
Is this what people mean when they say no one should have this much hair?