Film or Television: Ryan Phillippe edition

Lainey Posted by Lainey at January 17, 2012 21:04:12 January 17, 2012 21:04:12

It was announced a few months ago that Ryan Phillippe would be joining the cast of Damages for its fifth season. I totally missed that. So when I started scanning the photo agencies last night and came across these shots of him shooting the show in New York the other day, my reaction was delayed.

And thatΓÇÖs what a struggle it is in the movies right now. So many actors of a certain age range, and not that much work. At least not in film.

Phillippe will never admit it, but this, television, is not the direction he would have intended for himself. ItΓÇÖs never their intention. TV to movies and not the other way around. IΓÇÖm not saying I agree with that principle - and weΓÇÖve already discussed it at length, most recently re: Ewan McGregor, click here for a refresher - but this is a truth they themselves have created. Whether or not this is what theyΓÇÖve been taught, the fact is they consider film to be the ultimate achievement.

Ryan Phillippe however is not Ewan McGregor. Ewan McGregor is doing HBO equally out of creative choice than necessity. For Phillippe...well...this is pure necessity. It just wasnΓÇÖt really happening over in film. And I imagine the conversation with his agent must been along the lines of - do this, get their attention, make a big impression, and then we can try to move you back into more interesting work in the movies, ok? Once again, itΓÇÖs television as a means to an end. And a means to a means. After all, itΓÇÖs about the money too. To spend on the new girlfriend?  

Click here if you missed photos of the new girlfriend with him in December. IΓÇÖm told sheΓÇÖs 20 and she loves talking about how ΓÇ£my boyfriend bought me thisΓÇ¥ and ΓÇ£my boyfriend took me to thatΓÇ¥. On Facebook. WhatΓÇÖs Leonardo DiCaprioΓÇÖs policy for his 20 year old pieces and their activity on social networks?


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