Sunday, June 01, 2014

Blind Items Revealed - Kindness

February 14, 2014

This foreign born A list mostly movie actor was in a big franchise. Since then he has been hanging on to his A list status by a thread. The kids at his former school love the actor though because he spent $500K of his own money to pay for the rebuilding of the school's theatre which had to be demolished. He even has agreed to act in the first play the school puts on when the building is finished sometime later this year.

Robert Pattinson

53 comments:

Riven said...

Awwww I think I'll try to stop calling him Foot Face now. Well for today at least.

TalksTooMuch said...

NO BORING SUGAR TODAY! We just got her back!

Oh,and good job, Mr. Sparkles

Violet said...

Not that I want to put a downer on this act of kindness but RPatz's £500k could have paid for acting classes for many, many much less well off children who do not have the wealthy parents and benefits of a public school education. Oooh, political/social debate.

fancyscreenname said...

Low profile guy. That was very nice.

Tongue N. Cheek said...

Remember Cedric Diggory.

Riven said...

Also as a former Techie Nerd, this is awesome. Theater FTW.

IceQueen said...

He deserves a lot of credit for this. And it's awesome that he offered to be in the first play. That will guarantee a full house.

Tongue N. Cheek said...

And can I just say that vampires sparkling like diamonds in the sunlight is the stupidest thing ever?

sandybrook said...

That's a good thing to do especially since his career is currently in the toilette. Now if someone could teach him how to use the bathtub and shower.

Seven of Eleven said...

If it's true, it's not the first Sparkles helped a school.

Robert Pattinson Helps Build Cambodian School For Teenage Girls

Oh, wait...

NaughtyNurse said...

What a great way to give back to his neighborhood. Good for him!

MISCH said...

I was raised on the concept that everything is round….Pattinson is doing the right thing giving back, and giving back at home not all over the far corners of the earth…just to get attention.

TalksTooMuch said...

I have to admit, I've only heard tale of the sparkles, not having seen any of the Twilight movies, so he will also always be Cedric to me.

Tongue N. Cheek said...

I... Uhhh... Haven't seen all of the movies either... Or... Read all the books. No. Definitely not.

Violet said...

Look everybody, the guy's given half a million squidoodles to a private school in one of the wealthiest areas of London. It is lovely. But it is not giving 'back'. These are wealthy, privileged kids who will want for nothing. A few miles away from there are some of the most deprived areas in the UK. You all 'do the maths' as to where, if you're going to to donate that amount of money, where it might do the most good.

L Willie said...

Good for him! I suspect that, behind all the Twihard hysteria and celebrity gossip, he's really a good guy. He also seems to know that he's got a lot to learn as an actor and keeps trying to improve. If he stays true to himself, he'll have a bright future!

Sugar said...

:-)

TalksTooMuch said...

I read the lame pseudo-BDSM version, though, does that count?

QueenAnne Guido said...

TTM, of course you read that. Right after Wuthering Heights. Tee hee hee.

Tongue N. Cheek said...

Hmmm... Only if you tell me what it is and where I can find it. For research purposes, obviously...

Violet said...

and I'm on a roll here - the school's theatre had to be demolished? and is now being rebuilt. Boo hoo. Those poor kids. Let's all dig deep in to our pockets to give something back to them before school's out and they return to their multi million pound homes with their nanny.
I don't know one state school that has its own proper theatre let alone one that's being demolished and about to be rebuilt.

TalksTooMuch said...

I did, Gweeds! My reading tastes are as varied and eclectic as my musical tastes! And I will never say no to a good sex scene. I can't actually say there WAS a good sex scene in those books, though, it was kinda teen friendly gone horribly wrong,all kindsa "down theres" and the like

Seven of Eleven said...
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TalksTooMuch said...

Oh no, don't do that, I'm talking about 50 Shades, the fanfic witj more lip-biting and redrooms

Tongue N. Cheek said...

Oh... You mean 50 Shades of *Yawn*

Violet said...

7 - he went to The Harrodian School from age 12.

Seven of Eleven said...

Sorry, had to edit.

I smell something called Wanda.

Sparkles went to a private boys' school and was expelled when he was 12 (he admitted the expulsion but refused to share why), then went the Harrodian School (another private school), where he said he bullied and got beaten up a lot.

Somebody break out the Febreze!

Violet said...

I'm having an intellectual debate about the state of state education facilities with myself here whilst you all talk 50 shades of grey and sex. What ever happened to the intellect of CDAN commenters, you'd all think this was a gossip site or something. (talks to self again)

Renoblondee said...

At least he's donating at all?

Anna Katherine Nonymous said...

still a good deed though

Seven of Eleven said...

I'll intellectually debate w/you, @Dowager! :D

Except I agree with you and I think this BI is making a call.

TalksTooMuch said...

Just think of us like onions, Violet, right now we're discussing the easily accessible whore-y bits. Good works shortly, I'm sure

hazeleyes said...

He gave back to his former school as I would do.I would prefer to do that than give to a school I did not attend.Judge all you want,happy that he gave/donated at all.It's not the first charity he has donated to. You people and your blind hate really amaze me.

Violet said...

It's too late for debate now - my intellectual concentration span is limited, which is why I spend my time on CDAN discussing which celeb has shagged another rather than on other sites (see, I'm actually so mentally incapable I don't even know the names of superior intellect sites that I could pretend to impress you with).

Fleuhr Flower said...

Yeah, what a jerk!! Why the hell didn't he pay for acting lessons for less fortunate children???!!!! That's what less fortunate children really need. Acting lessons. Dying......

FrenchGirl said...

Since when the wealthy private schools need help? Because i know he only went to some very private schools

AIP said...

Jack Whitehall must be seething

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0_0 said...

Violet, RPatz contribited more via UK taxes to the underacheiving masses you are crying over but not directly helping your own self. He is contributing his own money where he wants, and he didn't have to, so stfu.

MadLyb said...

I like him. He seems like a good guy. Terrible actor, though.

Smt said...

I actually don't believe this one at all. His PR would be all over this. And why would a school theatre cost $500k ( and what is the equiv. in $£, I think Enty slipped there). Cool thought of him doing it, but for someone who desperately needs a positive profile raise, not likely to be true.

Sherry said...

Sounds more like an endowment than a donation. Hey you're redoing the theatre. What about I donate a large sum of money and you name the theatre for me.

I know we can get all up in arms about donating to people who don't need it so I'll cut him a little slack for helping Cambodian chirrens.

Riven said...

I got to get some coffee and now I am confused on if I should keep call him Foot Face or not. Life is hard.

auntliddy said...

Now thats a mensch!

Aeol said...

Okay, I'll engage. I admittedly don't know much about the British school system, and I assume you don't know much about the American school system. For example, a public school here is a free education. Depending on the neighborhood, local tax revenue etc, some are better than others.
I personally went to a very expensive private school (when we say private, means you have to meet admissions standards at a certain age). I was lucky enough to have, and am exceedingly grateful for, parents who could afford to pay my full tuition. Private school endowment (and tuition) not only pays for theaters, and science labs, and teacher salaries, and sporting facilities, etc, but it ALSO pays for scholarships for bright kids who otherwise would never be able to afford a school like that. So you can hate on the "rich kids" all you want, but not all of us come out with no regard for anyone else, and many of our classmates are lower-income or disenfranchised students you insist are being left in the dust. Not to mention arts programs in almost every school, public and private, are the last to benefit from endowments and school funds unless specifically ear-marked. As someone who was a painfully shy and awkward teenager who found her voice in high school theater, believe me, a gift like that would have made a huge impact. And for the record, my private school, which now costs almost $30,000 a year, has a vast scholarship program, three gyms, swimming pool, tennis courts, every kind of sports field, state of the art science labs, massive library, etc - has no theater. I had to do theater at another school nearby.
So you can hate on Pattinson, rich kids, fancy schools, etc all you want. But there is more to exclusive schools than just a bunch of kids who have so much they don't kmow how to be grateful for it.

RowdyRodimus said...

@Aeol Sounds like the kind of school I went to from K-6 grade. They didn't have classes higher than that until I had graduated from a public high school. From 7-11 grade we didn't cover a single thing that we hadn't already learned at the private school by 6th grade and really only some math was more advanced in 12th grade in a public school. Public schools are a waste of resources where it's not as much about learning as it is indoctrinating you into their beliefs.

@Violet If I was in RPats shoes, I would do the same thing. Government run schools are a joke. That's why I'm scared anytime starts talking about school vouchers. I can just see parents sending their kids to a private school because they've heard they are better for the students but then the first time little Jimbo Jim doesn't get a trophy for coming in last pl;ace in a school spelling bee, they sue the school and then the quick decline in the private schools start and before long they are as bad as a public school.

As for where to give your own money, it's up to the person to decide where they want to donate. They can show me commercials 1,000 a day about the starving kids in areas controlled by despots and I won't give a penny. Not until they find a way to make sure that money actually gets to the starving people and isn't used to buy the Generalissimo another solid platinum, bullet proof stretch limo and all the kidnapped 10 year old girls he could ever want to serve in his concubine. I also won't give to other states, I'd much rather see my donations work where I live. There are poor people everywhere but we only ever hear of programs (not government programs) to help people in the "Sexy" states like New York or California. If everyone would worry less about trying to imitate people like George Clooney or Angelina Jolie with their "work" in foreign countries and used that same money to help build up their own city or state (no matter what country you are in) this world would be much better off. Charity begins at home doesn't necessarily mean your physical home, it means help out those around you first. Once they are helped out then they can help out someone else and it trickles down from there. (I know that will make people think of Trickle Down Economics and sorry to break it to all the leftist haters out there, but Trickle Down worked. The problem is the Stock market became too appealing because of instant returns people were getting for a while and people forgot to invest some money in businesses, then those who had everything riding on the market were devastated by losses and started blaming the free market. The Free Market didn't screw them over, they just tried to game the system without looking deeper in the rulebook so to speak. Sorry that was off topic but I've been wanting to talk about why people hate our system of economics for a long time)

Melissa of Grand Island said...

Nice!!! Well put!!

smadger Badger said...

@Violet, I'm going to add my two pence to the debate! Not everyone who pays for their kids education is doing so to be elitist. We live in a borough of London that does not have enough good schools - Our eldest did brilliantly in her exams and was offered her pick of a number of state and private schools. Seven years later our son also did brilliantly in his entrance tests for secondary (high) school, but so did literally a good few thousand of other kids, resulting in my son being offered a place at a crap state school we hadn't even applied for. We now pay for his education, along with his younger sister's. This is not what I want for my kids, but with a bit of sacrifice, we can just about afford it, but we are lucky, there are so many kids falling by the wayside because they can't get a decent education. So the question is what is to be done? I have now actively started the ball rolling in relation to starting up a free school to offer a private quality education to all children. It's certainly going to be challenging! A large chunk of me agrees that it would have been great if R-Patz could have donated elsewhere, but in a way, it's nice that he has acknowledged the role his school played in developing his career, so props to him.

TalksTooMuch said...

I'm sensing a Ron Paul vibe, Rowdy?

skippy said...

His aunt is an acting coach & theatre director at my nieces school. When my daughter was obsessed with him, & because of this tenuous link , my girly TOTALLY expected him to meet her at heathrow upon arrival. Many tears (& years ) later she admits it was never going to happen.
OH to still have the dreams of a 12 year old!

skippy said...

@violet. Yep Barnes is an incredibly wealthy neighborhood, very near roehampton which is the polar opposite. Kudos to him, but it would have been fantastic if he had done this for kids who live on an estate & then invited the rich kids to watch him in a play on their grounds. May have made the privileged kids get a dose of reality.

skippy said...

@ rowdy I always ask what percentage of my donation will actually go to the people who need it. The majority of people hang up!

lutefisk said...

I think it is wonderful that he made any donation at all. It is his money and he chose where he wanted it to go. Good for him.

We have a huge arts program in our high school. Many famous people have graduated and chose to come back to talk to the students about their careers. Obviously school meant a lot to them and they chose to return here, not go to a different school.