Daniel Craig, the man who brought sexy back to the character 007 in James Bond, says he does not mean to judge reality television stars negatively but he can’t help it. Why did he rip the Kardashian sisters and the cast of Jersey Shore in a new interview for British GQ Magazine?
Daniel Craig is perhaps better known for his famous face and ripped abs than for his private life and new marriage to The Mummy actress Rachel Weisz, but that’s the way he’d like to keep things. In a new interview with the British version of GQ magazine, Craig talked about fame, fortune, and reality television in such a way there was no mistaking his feelings about star celebs right to privacy.
“I think there’s a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel,” the hot James Bond 007 actor told the magazine. Once a star opens their personal lives to the paparazzi, he thinks, they forfeit their right to privacy almost entirely. That’s why even though he has been busy promoting his new film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo he has not been dishing dirt about his new wife, their past divorce from their respective spouses, or anything else too personal that he does not want the press or general public to know.
“You can’t buy it back…” says Craig. “You can’t buy your privacy back.” And he called the Kardashian sisters idiots.
The gist of his argument was this: you can’t be a celeb who benefits financially from pandering to the paparazzi and then say, “‘Ooh, I want to be alone.”
To that idea Daniel Craig says the fans who follow Hollywood star celebs and reality television shows (rightfully) have the right to say, “F*$& you. We’ve been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and showed us the placenta, and now you want some privacy?” To that request from reality TV stars who have profited from selling their home life stories, the actor says no.
Making sure the reporter knew he was not mincing words about his sentiment, Craig named two very popular reality television show casts and proceeded to rip them a new one for whining when the press gets too personal.
Craig specified the Kardashian sisters as being the worst whiners and offenders of the public trust. They, he says, make a career off spilling their guts and putting on a public show.
“It’s a career. What can I tell you?” he continues. “It is a career; I’m not being cynical. And why wouldn’t you? Look at the Kardashians, they’re worth millions. Millions! I don’t think they were that badly off to begin with, but now look at them. You see that and you think, ‘What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a f*cking idiot on television and then you’ll pay me millions?’ I’m not judging it… Well I am obviously. I’m probably going to get visited by people from New Jersey.”
As for the Jersey Shore quip, Craig could have also been talking about the Real Housewives of New Jersey show. However, because the cast of Jersey Shore seem to act like the bigger fools, it’s likely his dig was aimed at the MTV Show.
And Daniel Craig is right — the Kardashians have been cleaning up marketing their “brand”. Kim Kardashian allegedly made over $17 million off her bogus wedding, while sister Kourtney Kardashian just announced she is pregnant with her second child on the cover of US Weekly Magazine. Both sisters stand to make even more of a bundle with their Keeping Up With The Kardashians spin-off Kim and Kourtney Take New York.
One has to wonder, though… how soon it will be before their brand unravels and they end up making night club appearances down at the real Jersey Shore and making the bulk of their money by posing nude or in a bikini posed like a prostitute on some beach?
So, while Kim Kardashian might use some of her star power wisely to benefit charity and Snooki from the Jersey Shore tries (unsuccessfully) to promote health and fitness oriented diet products related to overcoming being a short, fat, hairy Italian girl who was cute when she was sweet 16 but won’t be so darling anymore once she passes the age of 30, Craig — at a fit and fabulous 43 — is just sitting back laughing.
Perhaps that’s why two of the biggest name charities he’s supported over the years of his career are Jolly People and Comic Relief. Because he has not filled his days and nights with watching reality TV shows or letting anyone inside his home to film his daily life with friends and family, he’s still got a sense of humor bigger than the drama created by being a celebrity.