In the words of Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Shyness. I can't even begin to count the times that I've heard about actors who are shy. They struggle with the spotlight, they're shy even though they're outgoing on-screen, or have bared every inch of their flesh. The latest comes from USA Today's recent interview with the naked guy from Sex and the City, Gilles Marini. He told them that he's very modest, and proud that he found the courage to display his body on the big screen.

I understand that actors can sometimes pull off performances quite unlike themselves, but statements about modesty and shyness coming from actors and actresses (unless they're medicating themselves to get over it) seems tantamount to the person who barely eats saying that they love food -- it might be a little bit true, but not really true.

If you act in film, or take it a step farther and bare all on film, to me it seems like you might want to give up the declarations of shyness and modesty. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out there like that. If you want to say: "I used to be shy, but I got over it," okay. But if all of these shy famous people felt so much discomfort and trepidation in association with others, they wouldn't be actors -- they'd never get that far.

But that's just my $.02. Thoughts?
categories Movies, Cinematical