Roger Asquith spent years reporting on some of the most iconic Hollywood stars in movie history.
He worked as a TV cameraman at CBC Toronto and then he moved to California where he created the Hollywood News Service interviewing stars including Elvis Presley and Lucille Ball.
Roger now lives in Gloucester, is a published author and he writes a blog. In the latest instalment in the blog he looks at Canadian pop teen idol turned wildchild Justin Bieber:
BAD BOY BIEBER AND ELVIS PRESLEY
“There’s no such thing as bad publicity, just spell the name right and include the title of their latest movie or music video.”
With millions of dollars worth of free world-wide publicity, and his pictures splashed all over the world’s press, what more could Justin Bieber’s agents ask for?
It’s obvious what their Golden Boy is asking for, some time off from work. Standing up in front of hundreds of screaming teenagers and belting out your latest hit record over and over again...that’s work.
At 19 Justin should be in college getting an education, or at least given a couple months away from his demanding fans and money hungry agents. He should be vacationing incognito at some sunny resort and relaxing with his trusted friends .
Elvis Presley was also bad boy. Fortunately for him, any scurrilous reports about his penchant for San Quentin quail and shooting up his TV screen if he didn’t like the program were successfully kept out of the press by the omnipresent and repressive Colonel Tom Parker who vigorously censored any press release on his golden boy. I was invited to have lunch with Elvis many times when he was shooting his musicals at MGM. He was the perfect host making sure his guests were well fed and always handed out a signed copy of his latest L.P. plus an invitation to the premiere of his movie...but all this would have ended if I had let a few cats out of the bag about his private life. My motto in Hollywood was simple, why bite the hand that feeds you, furthermore I thought everyone was entitled to a private life.
Who are these 76.000 Americans writing to the President demanding Justin Bieber hand in his American Green Card working permit and be deported back to Canada? Where were they when Justin’s fellow foreigners broke the rules?
Richard Harris from Ireland was a notorious hell raiser. I met him on CAMELOT where fortunately he behaved himself and left the bonking to Vanessa and Franco,but, having no Colonel Parker around to suppress them, his drunken brawls made headlines in all the American gossip columns, but there was no demand for his deportation.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers who was born in Dublin, is another Green carder holder with an American work permit. He too has had his share of bad publicity as a hell-raising party animal. He was arrested for bad behaviour but survived to play such diverse roles as Henry V111, the Tudor king of England and Elvis Presley, the one time king of Hollywood. He, like his fellow Irishman , Colin Farrell avoided jail time, toned down his behaviour and is now taking life a little more seriously.
Russell Crowe an Australian actor with an American work permit and a notorious bad temper that has got him into trouble with the police. He is still in Hollywood and making movies.
Justin Bieber certainly let off steam in Florida, racing his million dollar Lamborghini along the deserted streets of Miami, cheered on by his entourage, but does this stupid and dangerous offence call for his deportation back to Canada. He has done nothing worse than his fellow foreigners who have an American Green Card...
Well I suppose That’s Hollywood!
Read the full article on Roger's blog: Asquith Notes