I’ve always liked Michelle Pfeiffer since I saw her in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989).
Now I like her even better.
” Speaking of eternal youth, Michelle seems to have found it in real life.
She’s also hung onto something else that in Tinseltown is quite rare — her modesty.
It turns out that Pfeiffer passed on the starring role of the film “Basic Instinct.”
Why? Because she didn’t want to bare it all for the camera.
Had she taken the movie part, Pfeiffer would have played scheming seductress Catherine Tramell. Instead Sharon Stone took the risqué role and the rest is sordid cinematic history.
“I just couldn’t do that one, because of the sexual parts, the nudity. My father was still alive. I’m kind of prudish,” Pfeiffer is quoted as saying by Contactmusic.
The star adds, “I am not that uninhibited about my body. I’m modest.”
Modest? Modest? Prudish….and proud of it??
If we can’t rely any more on Hollywood stars to mouth meaningless drivel – whom are we going to turn to?
(Rhetorical question, of course, from anyone living within a 100 miles of the Beltway…)
The Free Online Dictionary says:
1. Having or showing a moderate estimation of one’s own talents, abilities, and value.
2. Having or proceeding from a disinclination to call attention to oneself; retiring or diffident. See Synonyms at shy1.
3. Observing conventional proprieties in speech, behavior, or dress.
4. Free from showiness or ostentation; unpretentious. See Synonyms at plain.
5. Moderate or limited in size, quantity, or range; not extreme.
Hmm. That’s a bit, well, modest. Let’s add a bit more:
Modest – as in, not letting every inch of your body parts hang out in public, no matter how pretty, no matter what someone’s paying you, and no matter how momentarily empowered you feel.
Modest — as in, not hogging all the limelight you can, bragging on yourself and stealing other people’s credit – especially unknown other people, who are not capable of hounding you in court about it….
Modest — as in, modest townhouse. That would be the opposite of, say, extravagant mansion in Greeenwich, Conn. bought with proceeds made from precarious leveraged bets on collateralized debt obligations with unsuspecting rich-but-dumb clients’ money…
At the end of a debt bubble extravaganza of Cecil B. De Mille proportions, modest would be a good word to make a come back…..on every front.