Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
The Star System
The star system was the method of creating, promoting and exploiting stars in Hollywood films. Movie studios would select promising young actors and glamorize and create personas for them. They would go so far as to give them stage names and Cary Grant’s real name was Archie Leach. Now, the phenomenon of the movie star is still used to lure audiences to the cinema. It leads to multi-million dollar paychecks, TMZ, and outrageous staking behavior from crazed fans. Is it time for this to end? Should there be caps on actor paychecks? Should we end tabloid news circuits? Should we stop televising award shows? Would it benefit society? Would it bankrupt Hollywood?