The last movie Katherine Heigl made flopped. She starred with Ashton Kutcher in Killers and it didn’t do enough business. Wonder what has befallen Kutcher since that flop (if you care you and everyone else can follow him on twitter) but Heigl who is getting ready to release a new film this Friday – Life as We Know It – has had to repair her reputation. Again.
So cue the apology tour.
Funny thing is even in the NY Times article trying to resuscitate her image as the girl next door for this year, she seems to continue to show her true colors.
She has this reputation as a diva because she tells the truth and has opinions and in Hollywood that is a no no. For all I know she could be a diva which is used in this instance as a placeholder for bitch, but the thing I admire about her is that she still talks.
She started this whole diva thing by calling Knocked Up sexist, (which it was) and then she may have gone a bit too far when she slammed Shonda Rhimes. Clearly, Shonda wasn’t too pleased, and Heigl had to pay. (That whole situation should have been handled better because it effected the whole show.)
To me, it seems that Heigl’s sins against Hollywood are kind of minor compared to let’s say throwing a phone (Russell Crowe); raping a minor (Roman Polanski); and beating up your girlfriend (Mel Gibson.) Has any of these guys gone on an apology tour?
She also wonders (as I do) what she has done that is so bad:
I’ve been told I’m too forthright with opinions,” Ms. Heigl said with a sigh. “Well do they want a fierce woman or milquetoast? Should I be me, or should I pretend to be something I think people want? Pretending seems pretty ridiculous to me.” She paused to think for a moment before adding, “I didn’t think that what I was was so bad that I needed to hide it.
Hopefully she will have the last laugh. She produced Life as We Know It and kept the costs down to $38 million (Killers cost $75 million). She makes $15 million per picture. (Up next she plays a bounty hunter in an adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s novel One for the Money.) She lives in Utah and she is a serious business woman. And people who work with her said her reputation is bunk.
But they like her in this box and I suspect that she cold go on a thousand apology tours and the next time she opens her mouth they will still call her a diva.
The Unwilling Diva (NY Times)