Q. How easy or difficult is it to avoid media scrutiny as a celebrity? Do many of the train wrecks we see on shows like TMZ or in the tabloids actually crave attention, or is it just that difficult to avoid? It seems like there are thousands of actors we never hear about unless they have a new project coming out (which is just fine with me). – Mantonat
Q. Do we need so many paparazzi pictures of celebrities arriving (or departing) at LAX? It strikes me as the height of laziness for photographers to hang out at the airport because they know sooner or later almost every celebrity in town will walk through there. Does this collective obsession with the minutia of celebrity lives have an upside?— Abe Stalin
Adrian Grenier strolls into the rooftop lounge at the Thompson Hotel, looking tired. It’s his second day in Toronto, promoting his television show, Entourage, and his documentary, Teenage Paparazzo. He’s 20 minutes late for the interview but still manages to play 10 questions with The Ampersand about his comedy which is in its seventh season:
Q: You once described the show as “spiritual.”
Q: What is most challenging thing about playing Vince?
Q: Is it an accurate portrayal of the lifestyle.
Q: What is accurate about it?
Q: What is the most-asked fan question?
Q: Do you have a favourite season?
Q: Do you have a favourite episode?
Q: What other kinds of work do you want to do?
Q: What else can we expect for the upcoming episodes?
Q: And the final season?
Source: National Post
Say what you will about Adrian Grenier, but one thing is certain: he has an appreciation for irony.
Six years ago, Grenier became famous for playing someone famous, heartthrob actor Vincent Chase, on HBO’s Entourage. Now, he’s used his notoriety—namely his connections to other celebrities and the media that feed on them—to make a documentary about the culture of fame itself.
Teenage Paparazzo is, in part, the story of Austin Visschedyk, a 14-year-old paparazzo Grenier met three years ago. Intrigued by the boy’s tenacity, Grenier set out to follow him on the celebrity hunt. But after interviewing the teenager’s laissez-faire parents, his Hollywood targets, and historians and other experts, the film became more of a meditation on the uncomfortable truths of the celebrity industry.
The movie, which screened at the Sundance Film Festival last January, has received positive buzz so far. The LA Times called it “a clear-eyed investigation of the fame apparatus.” And according the Village Voice blog Voice Film, Paparazzo is “far more intellectually engaging than a film about celebrity made by a celebrity has any right to be.”
The College of Communication and HBO Documentary Films are bringing filmmaker and film to campus tonight. The screening, which will be held at the Photonics Center at 6 p.m., will be followed by a question-and-answer period with Grenier.
BU Today caught up with Grenier on Tuesday, just before the Los Angeles premiere of Teenage Paparazzo, to talk about what it’s been like to see celebrity from both sides of the camera lens.
BU Today: This is your first visit to a college campus. Why bring the movie to BU?
Ahead of his Teenage Paparazzo documentary airing on HBO on September 27, Adrian has enlisted a bunch of his celebrity friends, including Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian, Ke$ha, Kid Kudi, Michelle Rodriguez and Kristin Cavallari to help market the S’leb Suit, a celebrity disguising suit!