Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, and John Cusack are set to star in Maps to the Stars. The film is about something that seems to be on just about everyone’s mind at one point or another – celebrity and fame. At a recent press day in NYC for The English Teacher that Opposing Views attended, Julianne Moore talked about the movie and her thoughts on celebrity culture.
“The movie is based on a book by Bruce Wagner who’s a wonderful writer and L.A. satirist,” Moore said. “It’s not only about celebrity culture, but the pursuit of fame at any cost. I was talking to my husband about this the other day, 'why do people want to be famous, what is it that people are interested in, why are they looking at it?' I think every human being has a desire to be seen; to be seen for who they are authentically and sometimes they misinterpret it as being seen in a different light.
“Because really where we feel best and most successful is when we are seen for ourselves in a personal relationship and yet celebrity culture has sort of distorted it and made it about people valuing people being seen as like pictures or images,” Moore continued. “There’s this weird disconnect that the celebrity culture enforces and I don’t know how we got there. I feel like it happened really rapidly too because when I started out as an actor it wasn’t quite the same.”
Maps to the Stars is set for release in 2013 and is directed by David Cronenberg. The film is being described as an indie ghost story.