Sleb Safari: Kelly McGillis does not feel the need for speed
IN A week where a woman 'married’ her dog on live television and a man and woman pretended to have found everlasting love in order to win a reality TV show it was refreshing to hear from Top Gun star Kelly McGillis.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Kelly spoke candidly about Hollywood standards and how the industry views women as expendable.
Kelly played flight instructor Charlie Blackwood and Tom Cruise’s love interest in Top Gun. The sequel is being made and while both Tom Cruise (Maverick) and Val Kilmer (Iceman) are reprising their roles, Kelly wasn’t asked to do so. In fact, her part went to Jennifer Connelly who’s nine years younger than Tom Cruise. Tom is 57 and clearly sharing Jennifer Lopez’s elixir of youth smoothie.
Entertainment Tonight asked Kelly, who’s 62, how she felt about not being invited to film Top Gun: Maverick.
“I’m old and I’m fat and I look age-appropriate for what my age is, and that is not what that whole scene is about,” she said.
“I’d much rather feel absolutely secure in my skin and who and what I am at my age, as opposed to placing a value on all that other stuff.”
Very wise, very wise indeed. She said that long ago her priority shifted from being a film star to overcoming substance abuse and caring for two daughters.
"It was very challenging for me to have any kind of sense of self or self-identity or real self-worth other than what I did for a living and it just, it didn't become a priority; what became the priority initially was raising my girls and being the best sober parent I could be."
She continued: "I think just my priorities in life changed. It wasn't like a major decision that I made to leave, it was just that other things became more important. I love acting, I love what I do, I love doing theatre, but I don't know. To me, my relationships to other people became far more important than my relationship to fame."
Kelly hasn’t stayed friends with any of her co-stars either.
"Movies are odd things. I don't really keep in touch with anybody… I think I've spoken to a couple of people occasionally, but the truth is, movies are very odd work situations because you have a lot of people who come together from all different parts of the world."
And Kelly also made time to throw a little shade when asked whether she’d watch the film when it comes out next summer.
“I’m not racing to the theatre, and I’m not racing away from the theatre to see it,” she said. “It’s just not on my little list of things that I would like to get done.”
Kelly McGillis is definitely not feeling the need, the need for speed; and who could blame her?
Keep Up The Good Work Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey is a joy, a delight, an elusive chanteuse and every single day Sleb Safari is grateful that God gifted her to us.
Further proof, if any were needed, that Mariah is the gift that keeps giving came when she congratulated Lil Nas X on breaking her record of having the longest number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Mariah and BoyzIIMen’s One Sweet Day spent 16 loooooooong weeeks at number one in 1995 and 1996, fact fans.
Old Town Road has now held the number one spot for 17 weeks. Mariah congratulated Lil Nas X the best way she knows how – by congratulating herself too.
“Sending love & congrats to @LilNasX on breaking one of the longest-running records in music history!
“We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to @BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life!”
That’s our Mariah.
High Five Scarlett Moffatt
This week’s high five is for former Goggleboxer Scarlett Moffatt who cheerily acknowledged that she enjoys her grub.
Scarlett told The Sunday Times that she likes to get takeaway delivered of an evening, rather than cooking.
“For tea, I might order in. My mam gets my confirmation emails and she’ll ask if I’ve got people round because that’s a lot of food for one person.”
High five Scarlett and tuck in! Sleb Safari loves a lady with a healthy appetite.