James Brolin is interviewed in Parade Magazine this week. You know, last week they had Angelina Jolie and they seem to have really stepped it up a notch with the people they are getting for their covers now. Anyway, back to James. He says that paps are rats. You know, there are some that go out of their way to be aggressive, but I also know the tabloids would be really boring if it were just words. Plus, they only get paid if they get good photos so if you were having to make your living that way, you would probably push a little too.
Granted, I have not been followed around for 40 years like James Brolin or his wife Barbra so I can see where he is coming from. The great point he made in the interview was this. "If we go into town or the obvious spots, they're there. And if we don't look in the rearview mirror, they'll tail us. They're like rats. So we'll drive in the other direction. We go out where nobody goes. There are great restaurants; there are a lot of movie theatres, so we can have a night out in an area where nobody cares."
Exactly. If you do not want to be photographed you do not have to be photographed. He believes they are rats so goes out of his way to not feed them. However, when celebrities say what James says but then show up in all these places every night then they are doing it for a reason. That reason is to be seen and to be photographed and to get as much publicity for themselves as possible.
If you have a chance, you should read the interview. It is pretty good and he talks about Josh and Barbra in some detail.