hollywood charm

anonymous asked:

Do you hc that America is a cunning mastermind or a kid who is way out of his depth dealing with older nations (or both)

my personal headcanon is both:

  • way out of his depth: only in the beginning. the ragtag colony who gave the middle finger to a global superpower, who was more comfortable with a plow than a musket. (i mean, the continental soldiers were using their bayonets as barbecue skewers before von Steuben came and beat their asses into shape. lads didn’t even understand basic hygiene in camp before that! which is understandable. new to the job and all. but underscores the point: young america, more the farm boy or shipping clerk than soldier.) 
  • but he’s a fast learner. no dull-witted, obnoxiously oblivious america here. he’s clever. brilliant, even. kid always loved reading, and he sure gobbled up all that enlightenment literature. hobbes, locke, descartes, mill, rousseau and so on. when common sense came along, it wasn’t all New Stuff. and so it goes for statecraft and international relations. he was certainly intimidated by antonio and francis when he went asking them for help. but he wasn’t completely naive. he knew they weren’t helping him because they actually Believed this stuff (being colonial empires determined to hang on to their ill-gotten colonies after all). he’s naturally stumbling his way around at first…but he soon figures out how this game is played. and he is very much the heir to these old world empires, even though he insisted he was different. their sins are his too. 
  • greatness isn’t born, it’s made: alfred learns well. not just from arthur, but also francis and antonio. the british empire was the empire the sun never set on because of its colonies flung around the world, the american empire is the string of american bases across the globe, soft power and american dollars. he is truly his father’s son. he learned to flatter and charm his way through things like francis. learned to switch between a sunny persona and stone cold ruthlessness like antonio. and by the time he grows into his own, the older nations learned (many, the hard way) not to underestimate him. 
  • cunning mastermind: i do see him as genuinely being an idealist. an optimist even. but idealism can go so many ways, huh? a zealot who ardently believes he is Righteous can do a lot of terrible things too. and he’s the sort of person who will do everything in his power to get his own way. capable of falling into the Ends Justify the Means mentality. Especially after 1945. All that power and strength to remake the world in his own image. (‘well, better dead than red.’) and i feel he was always ambitious, even when he was a colony. that thirst to prove himself. to make a mark on the world, that desire for greatness. he is the boy-next-door, gregarious and friendly. but he is also america, the superpower. manipulative and charismatic, ruthless and cunning in pursuit of his goals. he is the hollywood actor; handsome and charming. but he is an actor. do you trust him or not? is he being sincere? hard to tell at times. 
  • and it isn’t even that he’s always faking his boy-next-door persona or being a liar. he is genuinely a friendly person and easy to talk to. he can be kind and generous. but other times? not so. it’s the curse of a being a nation full of such contradictions, of being a nation at all—because nations have so many different faces. and all those facets are america. 

Colin Farrell shared his insights and journey as a parent in a meaningful conversation moderated by Bay Area Journalist Diane Dwyer.

I sat in awe of this charming, witty, Hollywood star who at heart is just a dad who wants both of his sons to experience life to their fullest potentials. Here are 7 of my favorite Colin quotes and the messages I took from them:

1: Don’t let other’s judgement take away your child’s magic.

“When I heard that word ‘cure’ at first I was kind of insulted, almost irate, as though they were judging my son, that he wasn’t he wasn’t exactly right, but he is exactly the way he’s supposed to be. He’s a magic, magic boy.”

2: Never let anyone say ‘never’ when it comes to your child’s abilities.

“When you’re told your child will ‘never’ do something and they do…now that’s an unbelievable experience. When my son walked at 4, it was a result of his hard work and drive. He has a desire to experience life, just like us, to touch it, to feel it, to sense it, to communicate it to others.”

3: Never let yourself judge what your child is capable of achieving.

“Be careful of judging what your child is capable of. You have to watch your child and give them every opportunity to see how they respond. Let your child decide what their limitations are.”

4: Don’t doubt that your child has a voice…It’s up to you to hear it.

“He may not be able to verbally communicate, but this kid has it all going on…he thinks, he feels, he knows exactly what’s happening, and he’s got a voice. And that voice is inside of him and I have to find some way that will allow him to let it out.”

5: Your child will bring out the best in you.

“By virtue of his honesty, struggle, persistence and his personality, James brings out the best in people. He literally saved my life. I was on a destructive path. When I couldn’t make the changes in my life for myself, I did made them for James. He gave me the reason to be a better man and father.”

6: Your child will make a difference if only given a chance to contribute.

“James wants the same things we all do. He just wants to be part of the community. He wants to feel welcome and involved. He wants to give and feel love. He wants to play his part. He wants to contribute and add, not only to his life, but to the lives of others.”

7: Anything is possible when we open the doors of opportunity for all.

“When those with special needs are rightfully given the same opportunities as the rest of us, then the impossible becomes possible and each individual’s endeavor takes center stage. We then see ability instead of disability in every single person and we arrive at the solidarity of acceptance, respect and inclusion.”

At the very end of the conversation, Colin made it clear that it’s time for Hollywood to get on the inclusion bandwagon and give more consideration to those with disabilities. He had the same message for business world, saying that “it’s not charity, but a smart business move.” We couldn’t agree more!

William Fraker :: Vintage 1930′s Golden Age of Hollywood photograph of silver screen legend Jean Harlow. The original platinum blonde bombshell is a stunningly gorgeous vixen in this portrait that is everything we love about classic Hollywood style, photography, and charm. An absolutely smouldering view with a fine art deco sensuality and decadent glamour.

original source: The estate of legendary pulp cover artist Norman Saunders./ via: Grapefruit Moon Gallery on eBay