Rajeev Masand: The Unprofessional A-list Actor
Rajeev Masand's blind item for this week's Open Magazine post is a lot easier to guess than last week's:
As Unprofessional As Ever
Notorious for his unprofessional on-set behaviour, this A-list male star has been claiming that he’s turned over a new leaf. The unexpected runaway success of his pet project last year may have given him a confidence boost, but despite his claims insiders say he’s still very much the spoilt brat. The actor still doesn’t show up before 2 pm for a 9 am shift, and once on set, allegedly changes scenes and dialogues if he doesn’t think they work. It isn’t unusual for him to literally ‘take over’ the action sequences from the director, and to plan them and execute them himself with some help from the action director.
The cameraman of his most recent film reveals that the star has very little patience when it comes to lighting up a shot. “When I asked for an hour in between shots to light up the next, he threw a fit and threatened to leave if I was going to waste his time,” the troubled technician reveals. The actor is believed to have added dismissively: “That’s what colour-correction is for. Fix the lighting in post-production.”
There are rumours that the actor is personally supervising the editing of the film, taking crucial decisions over the director. The film’s producer, an old friend of the star, has allegedly given him carte blanche on the project, thereby alienating other technicians, including the exasperated director who isn’t thrilled about being forced to take a backseat.