Hilary Duff hits out at Faye Dunaway
I'm sure there's a rule of thumb, don't have a slanging match with someone who could be considered a great figure in your career when you're just beginning yours. Except that's what Hilary Duff is doing, and forget who is throwing the first stone and how it's done, the target is Faye Dunaway and she's a Hollywood legend with an Oscar, a Bafta, an Emmy, three Golden Globes and a Razzie to her career.
Hilary Duff meantime has won some teen awards and is remaking a classic film that starred Dunaway, and the two of them are having a bit of a tiff about it in public.
Quite frankly it all stinks, and whatever Faye Dunaway has said she played an iconic role in an iconic film with an iconic male lead, she played Bonnie in the superb Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty.
Now Hollywood is deciding that this classic film needs a remake because there's a chance to make a profit with the teen audience who know nothing about the original, and they can add bigger explosions, more gunfights and they've found the perfect access to that audience, Hilary Duff.
While some media sources wound Faye Dunaway up to get some quotes about Duff, we were all wondering why they needed to remake the film and what Hollywood could possibly be seeing in casting Duff in the role, other than instant access to her audience.
Well the media got their quotes and fired them off to Duff. Dunaway had no idea who she was and why they were wanting to remake Bonnie and Clyde, oh I'm sorry, reimagine the story from the original source, yeah, remake now called The Story of Bonnie and Clyde. See the previous rumour and confirmation.
Duff got upset and her video remarks aren't very nice towards Dunaway, and I can't help but wonder what would have happened if the producers and film-makers had gotten together with the original cast and film-makers and maybe worked together, even if it was on marketing and media flattery.
“I think that my fans that are gonna go see the movie don't even know who she is.... I think it was a little unnecessary, but I might be mad if I looked like that now, too.”
Here's the video of her saying just that.
Gossip this is certainly, unflattering, definitely, but it is worth talking about because this whole back and forth between Dunaway and Duff represents two ages of Hollywood and the current remake culture and offers an interesting insight to modern Hollywood.
This is exactly what is happening throughout Hollwyood right now, the new and young disrespecting the classic and legendary days and films in order to exploit a new, unknowing audience and make more cash quickly and easily.
That comparison struck me as soon as I started seeing the two hit back and forth in the press. It's not really about who threw the first stone, it's not about who's winning or going to win, it's about this disrespect of the classic days of Hollywood, about the fact that the originality seems to be going out the window, and there's no one creating a modern day classic equivalent of stories like Bonnie and Clyde, it's just cheaper and easier to remake and squeeze more cash out of audiences.