This whole story about aged starlet Asia Argento, involving #MeToo, Harvey Weinstein, JT Leroy, and Anthony Bourdain’s suicide, sounds like it was custom-made to support my call for banning child actors * when it becomes possible in the near future to replace them economically with CGI, the way no actual apes were used in the latest Planet of the Apes movie, just human grown-ups like Andy Serkis jumping around in motion-capture suits.
Argento is the daughter of Dario Argento, director of grotesque Italian horror films. She once said:
I never acted out of ambition; I acted to gain my father’s attention. It took a long time for him to notice me – I started when I was nine, and he only cast me when I was 16. And he only became my father when he was my director. I always thought it was sick to choose looking at yourself on a big screen as your job. There has to be something crooked in your mind to want to be loved by everybody. It’s like being a prostitute, to share that intimacy with all those people.
Dennis Dale has more on the #MeToo hypocrisy of Argento and Rose McGowan.
* I claim that Shakespeare would be on my side, judging from what an extraordinary amount of Hamlet is devoted to denouncing the recent fashion on the London stage for troupes of boy actors. (Tom Stoppard might disagree with my assessment of Shakespeare’s views on the subject, however.)