You don’t hear too much about Ryan Phillippe these days, and probably for a reason – after all, he hasn’t made many good movies, has he? I mean, at least he’s still making movies, sorta? In a new interview with Elle, Ryan opens up about being probably the biggest feminist EVER (yes, that’s sarcasm), all the stuff he’s up to and his battles with depression.
On Feminism: “I’m very feminist, man. I was raised by four women, my dad worked the 4 P.M. to midnight shift, so I was basically raised by four women. I’m so pro, pro female. There were some people laughing at Patricia Arquette’s statement at the Oscars, but, in the state of California, women make 83 cents on the dollar compared to the man’s full dollar. I mean over time, and over bodies, that adds up! It’s not equal!”
On Depression: “You know, depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child. As you get older I think it decreases some, but I’m just innately kind of a sad person. I’m empathetic, and I take on the feelings of others and transpose myself into the position of others. … There’s great value to it, but it can also ruin your fucking life. But, that being said, if it was a choice between being this way or being completely ignorant I’d prefer to suffer through the sadness than to be a complete moron with no feelings.”
On Doing Stuff: “I’m still acting… I produced a documentary… I’m really involved in helping to liberate a small country… And then I was writing and directing my first independent film; I’m directing my second this spring. I’m raising kids, as a single father, and I’ve got this startup. I get comments all the time on social media like, ‘What ever happened to him?’ or ‘Where have you been?’ Like, I’m doing stuff! It may not be stuff that you see, but I’m doing stuff.”
Well, that clears that up. He still looks pretty good, though, doesn’t he? If you’re into that sorta thing.
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Ryan Phillippe has made over 30 films throughout his career, but guess what? Only five of those are ones he’d consider to be any good. Damn, at least he’s honest! But which five did he mean, anyway?
From US Weekly:
“I’ve made 30-plus films over 20 years,” Reese Witherspoon‘s ex-husband, 40, told the Los Angeles Times in a recent Skype interview. “And in my opinion, five of them are good. So you slave away and you work hard and you want to make something great, and a lot of times you end up disappointed. There are a lot of elements that are beyond your control when you’re an actor for hire,” he added.
Consider, for example, the 2011 flick Setup. “I did this terrible movie with 50 Cent,” the Lincoln Lawyer actor recalled to the Times. “It was just a situation I didn’t want to be in. I was sold a bill of goods and it turned out to be something different, which is often the case in this business.” (Other less-than-stellar movies in Phillippe’s past include 1998′s 54, 2001′s Company Man, and 2005′s Chaos.)
Frankly, I can only count, like, well… one movie I’ve seen of Ryan’s, and that was Cruel Intentions. Which everyone was nuts about when I was in school but I thought sucked. I’ve literally never seen another one of them. Also, I think it’s kinda bullshit that this dude is whining about how shit his movies are – he obviously knew that when he read the script for 95% of them, so I don’t believe that whole “things are out of your control as an actor” bullshit. If the script sucks, your movie will suck, and that’s the end of it. He did it for easy money and now he’s bitching about it/perhaps wanting to try to become credible. Nah, we’re all good, man.
Listen, blondie. We can still see you.
Try as you might to hide yourself behind your new boyfriend Ryan Phillippe, we can still see you.
I am sure that, ordinarily, you are great at hide-and-seek. You can hide behind things like trees and light poles and mailboxes and stop signs. You can probably fold yourself to fit into small compartments. You can shimmy into the narrowest crawlspaces. I have no doubt.
But if you really don’t want to look like you’re the girl currently dating Ryan Phillippe, I recommend just walking forward like a normal person, doing your very best to not duck and hide behind Ryan Phillippe. Because the ducking, that is what actually looks suspicious.
Worse, it makes you look like you’re embarrassed to be dating Ryan Phillippe—almost as if you wouldn’t be caught dead dating Ryan Phillippe.
Unless… whoa, wait a minute! Oh, no! Are you embarrassed to be dating Ryan Phillippe? Oh, hon! I understand. I do. In that case, go ahead and hide.
(Gallery via Celebuzz.)
I could tell just how worried everyone was yesterday when you learned that Ryan Phillippe was ending his acting career. I was in the exact same boat – what, you think just any pretty boy can do the kind of work Ryan did in MacGruber? – but now we can file yesterday away as just a terrible, disturbing dream and go back to watching Cruel Intentions for the 57th time, because Ryan’s not going anywhere:
Despite a report that Ryan Phillippe is planning on quitting acting, a rep for the actor told Access Hollywood.com that is actor is, in fact, not retiring from Hollywood anytime soon. “He’s been talking about expanding his talents to producing and directing, but he has no plans to stop acting nor did he ever say that he was considering doing so,” his rep told Access.
I don’t believe I’ve ever let out such a sigh of relief. Whoever misconstrued Ryan’s original statement to make it seem like he was going to hide his light under a bushel basket should be very strongly reprimanded for causing such agony. Are you getting my heavy-handed sarcasm yet? Nobody cares about Ryan Phillippe, but he’s going to keep on truckin’ anyway. That’s what this has all been about, and, in a way, that’s the the saddest part of all.
“I think I’m going to end my acting career. I’m so introverted. I’m ready to go behind the scenes. I’m 36 years old, but I’ve been doing this for 20 years. It’s so hard to go out in L.A. I’m going to move. I’m going to spend a third of my year in New York.”
Cue the sad and dramatic violin music as we all weep bitter tears that Ryan Phillippe will no longer be stunning us with performances such as that in I Know What You Did Last Summer, Crash, and his latest stint on WWE Raw.
Nah, I’m kidding. Phillippe had a much more interesting repertoire than just those movies above, but no one – NO ONE – thought Ryan Phillippe was as great and epic as Ryan Phillippe did.
Catch you later, boyfriend.
Reese Witherspoon, who’s been dating that Jim Toth agent guy for awhile now, has confirmed to her fans that she, yes, is engaged. Toth apparently proposed over the Christmas break and Reese happily obliged.
Jim seems like a cool guy and what not, and he’s not hard on the eyes, but she used to wake up next to Jake Gyllenhaal. And she kicked him to the curb.
I’ll be honest – I heaved a humongous sigh of relief when the Witherspoon/Philippe marriage went belly-up, because ever since I Know What You Did Last Summer, I thought that Ryan Philippe was the height of deep-voiced pretentiousness and no one like that deserves to woo and win the heart of Miss Sweet Home Alabama. Except Jake Gyllenhaal.
And when she did move on to Jake, good old long-term relationship Jake Gyllenhaal, sparks of happiness were emitted from my cold, bitchy heart and I thought, ‘Yes, this is a celebrity relationship that I could really sink my teeth into.’ But you know what? It all comes to an end eventually.
So on that note, congratulations, Reese, Jim. But bear in mind my sage offering of advice that, indeed, nothing good on this earth lasts.
Can’t wait to see photos of your wedding!
They shop at IKEA!
Abbie Cornish and Ryan Phillippe did some low-cost shopping for their gazillion-dollar Bev Hills home on Monday at the famous Swedish home store. Among the items purchased: a $99 standing mirror.
At least we know they can’t mount that on their ceiling.
Image via Bauer-Griffin