Years ago I read that during the filming of Gone with the Wind, Vivien Leigh was quoted saying Clark Gable had atrociously bad breath, making intimate scenes with him extremely unpleasant. To this day I can’t watch a Clark Gable movie without thinking about that and wondering if his female costars held their breath in his presence. His response? “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Just a guess…
Movie stars have a certain image they portray on screen and it sometimes crosses over into real life. Many are glamorized and idolized — all those words ending with “ized.” But the truth often contradicts our impression of them, don’t you think?
You see, I recently read an online entertainment article where “industry insiders” who work with the famous had not-so-flattering things to say. So if you’d rather keep the illusion alive, quit reading now so you won’t continue believing Johnny Depp actually showers regularly.
Back to Bradley. Did you know he doesn’t believe in using deodorant, but showers 2-3 times a day instead? Wouldn’t it be easier to dab a little Right Guard under his pits and save some precious water? But he’s not alone. Seems being stinky is embraced by Hollywood’s elite.
Take Academy Award winner Russell Crowe. Granted, it doesn’t shock me he might smell slightly earthy. But Joan Rivers once reported that on the red carpet, our boy Russell was quite pungent. If he stinks on one of the most important nights of his career, one can only assume he’s unbearable during the average day.
Johnny Depp admits he rarely showers, avoiding soap for multiple days in a row. And here all this time we thought his greasy locks were a fashion statement created by hair gel. Oh Johnny, if only that were so…
Cameron Diaz, as adorable as she appears, has refused to wear antiperspirant for 20 years, saying it’s bad for our bodies. What about how bad it is for those standing downwind of her? Another little ditty — she wears clothing continuously, then opts to toss rather than wash.
Matthew McConaughey is another who shuns deodorant, saying, “Women love my natural scent.” Okay Matt, you keep believin’ that.
Even America’s sweetheart, Julia Roberts, admits she only bathes every few days and even then does it military style out of “concern for the environment.” How admirable. But I wonder if she can find more effective, less odorous ways to reduce her carbon footprint?
And here’s a real disgusting tidbit: Megan Fox doesn’t always flush the toilet at friends’ homes. And we’re not just talking pee pee here. She says, “I guess that goes to show how you can get away with pretty much anything when you look like this.” Wow.
But I’d have to say I found Jessica Simpson to be the most repulsive. She told Ellen DeGeneres she doesn’t brush her teeth daily because “it makes my teeth feel slippery.” Instead, she sometimes wipes them clean with a sweater. Really?
So there you have it. And I bet that’s just the tip of the iceberg with stinkers. But I can’t bear to know more. I prefer living in the fantasy world of the movie industry, where, if I see Jennifer Aniston on the big screen, I can pretend her breath doesn’t smell like my cat Oliver’s, but rather, is reminiscent of sweet gardenias.
Spoil alert: Forget the gardenias; Jen’s co-stars say her breath always reeks of coffee. Figures, doesn’t it?
Previously posted in December, 2014.