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Abby1964 wrote: I have one extra finger in there. There's only three actors I know that really have that ability to chameleon like that. MM (just doesn't do that much that's widely seen), Johnny Depp (Most people just don't see beyond his fame to the talent he has) and Guy Pearce (Knock your socks off good).

Unfortunately I have to give Guy tops on the chameleon abilities because you really don't recognize him from film to film. The man can totally transform into someone else. Not just looks and mannerisms, but accents. Just listen to him from film to film.

guy pearce is indeed an extraordinary actor.  we produce talented stock here in oztraylya :2567:


And he's pretty easy on the eyes too!



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The key is 'struggling' is he struggling or is he comfortable. I know people comfortable living in houses one step up from shack as long as the basic needs are met....

point!

and in a spirit of generosity t'wards our flakey dramatist brethren, I'll assume he's a sufficiently well-rounded individual to avoid the trap of relying on recognition for his equilibrium.  there you go, mikey luv :P

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Abby1964 wrote: And he's pretty easy on the eyes too!
funny, I've not seen him in that light, but yes he is quite well put together.

I'm so spocked up at the minute that unless they have pointy ears and an intense demeanor they just don't tweak my radar.  or my gaydar.

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The key is 'struggling' is he struggling or is he comfortable. I know people comfortable living in houses one step up from shack as long as the basic needs are met....

point!

and in a spirit of generosity t'wards our flakey dramatist brethren, I'll assume he's a sufficiently well-rounded individual to avoid the trap of relying on recognition for his equilibrium.  there you go, mikey luv :P


Believe it or not I have a cousin that lives in a small 3 room house built back in the 20's; no running water and an outhouse. And he's not hurting financially. He's just very happy with what he has. Hopefully a certain thespian is not running outside with a page from the Sears catalog! :bouncebig:



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Abby1964 wrote: And he's pretty easy on the eyes too!
funny, I've not seen him in that light, but yes he is quite well put together.

I'm so spocked up at the minute that unless they have pointy ears and an intense demeanor they just don't tweak my radar.  or my gaydar.


First thing I saw Guy in was Ravenous (Yes I love stupid horror movies!) and all I could think was Dayum! He's fine!



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Well to put alot of speculation to rest, regarding the reasons for Michael's work, or lack thereof, a couple of things need to be clarified.

He's not hurting financially. Lexx money was VERY good for the cast members, and I got this directly from the horses' mouth. For example, when the cast had to film on location, they were given a 'per diem' (pay) that would make your mouth water. It was said that the principal members of the cast made well over a million dollars during the course of filming, and with wise investments and lack of impulse spending, you could amass quite a large nest egg.

 Add to the fact that for the first 3 seasons of Lexx, Michael kept his personal expenditures extremely low,and even after Lexx, lived in Germany with a friend for a long time, and has NO manager or agent to pay on a retainer. Add to the fact that he spends almost no money on himself, (clothes especially)  and you'll find an extremely frugal person who could be set for life without ever having to work again.

So be that as it may, the work he's apparently been doing has been only when motivated by the urging of one friend or the other or a role he couldn't pass up. Not too many of those floating around either. He's obviously not affected by celebrity status, even though he was on the cusp of superstardom at one  point and turned it down because of the kinds of roles he'd be expected to play and didn't enjoy that.

Soooo....misanthrope? Maybe...but  you can't have everything. I'm sure everyone would like to see more work over the years, but we get what we get, I guess.



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mayaXXX wrote: Well to put alot of speculation to rest, regarding the reasons for Michael's work, or lack thereof, a couple of things need to be clarified.

He's not hurting financially. Lexx money was VERY good for the cast members, and I got this directly from the horses' mouth. For example, when the cast had to film on location, they were given a 'per diem' (pay) that would make your mouth water. It was said that the principal members of the cast made well over a million dollars during the course of filming, and with wise investments and lack of impulse spending, you could amass quite a large nest egg.

 Add to the fact that for the first 3 seasons of Lexx, Michael kept his personal expenditures extremely low,and even after Lexx, lived in Germany with a friend for a long time, and has NO manager or agent to pay on a retainer. Add to the fact that he spends almost no money on himself, (clothes especially)  and you'll find an extremely frugal person who could be set for life without ever having to work again.

So be that as it may, the work he's apparently been doing has been only when motivated by the urging of one friend or the other or a role he couldn't pass up. Not too many of those floating around either. He's obviously not affected by celebrity status, even though he was on the cusp of superstardom at one  point and turned it down because of the kinds of roles he'd be expected to play and didn't enjoy that.

Soooo....misanthrope? Maybe...but  you can't have everything. I'm sure everyone would like to see more work over the years, but we get what we get, I guess.

You certainly know a lot about this man Maya! :)

I'm curious, I would love to know how you got to run the only authorised MM site and how you got to be friends with him?



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mayaXXX wrote: Well to put alot of speculation to rest, regarding the reasons for Michael's work, or lack thereof, a couple of things need to be clarified.

He's not hurting financially. Lexx money was VERY good for the cast members, and I got this directly from the horses' mouth. For example, when the cast had to film on location, they were given a 'per diem' (pay) that would make your mouth water. It was said that the principal members of the cast made well over a million dollars during the course of filming, and with wise investments and lack of impulse spending, you could amass quite a large nest egg.

 Add to the fact that for the first 3 seasons of Lexx, Michael kept his personal expenditures extremely low,and even after Lexx, lived in Germany with a friend for a long time, and has NO manager or agent to pay on a retainer. Add to the fact that he spends almost no money on himself, (clothes especially)  and you'll find an extremely frugal person who could be set for life without ever having to work again.

So be that as it may, the work he's apparently been doing has been only when motivated by the urging of one friend or the other or a role he couldn't pass up. Not too many of those floating around either. He's obviously not affected by celebrity status, even though he was on the cusp of superstardom at one  point and turned it down because of the kinds of roles he'd be expected to play and didn't enjoy that.

Soooo....misanthrope? Maybe...but  you can't have everything. I'm sure everyone would like to see more work over the years, but we get what we get, I guess.

You certainly know a lot about this man Maya! :)

I'm curious, I would love to know how you got to run the only authorised MM site and how you got to be friends with him?



Kind of what I was saying. Between the initial salary and royalties he's probably not hurting. Since he's not hurting he doesn't have to whore himself to survive. There are a lot of actors out there that are 'successful' meaning a list famous that are constantly whoring themselves because it's the only way they can afford their chosen lifestyle.

I have Never gotten a sense that Michael is a keep up with the Jones jet setting fool. as a matter of fact if you listen to one of the interviews with Jeffrey Hirshfield, Lex Gigeroff and Paul Donovan they actual joke about him being a bit of a moocher.



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..... if you listen to one of the interviews with Jeffrey Hirshfield, Lex Gigeroff and Paul Donovan they actual joke about him being a bit of a moocher.


"bit of a moocher" - love it!!



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I saw the video on You Tube a while back and Jeffrey, Lex and Paul Donovan are talking about the cast And I think it was Jeffrey that said something along the lines of Michael not having to hit him up for a loan anymore. :D



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Jensau wrote: mayaXXX wrote:

You certainly know a lot about this man Maya! :)

I'm curious, I would love to know how you got to run the only authorised MM site and how you got to be friends with him?



As for the site, I had the site up for a couple of years as an unofficial MM site, since there wasn't one out there. Brian, Xenia, Louise, Patty, Rolf and a few other cast members had their own official sites, but Michael has never had one. There was a fan site or two up over the years, but most of them were just Lexx fan sites. I built the mm.com site with both Lexx and MM related items and have archived Lexx memoribilia since 1996, and have tons of interviews. pics, autographs and lots of rare items, and when the other Lexx sites started disappearing, I made it bigger.

During the Megacon convention, I talked to Michael about the site, he'd seen it, and had approved of the format, and we discussed making it an official site, since he had no agent, manager or anyone to provide a site to showcase all of his work. I make absolutely NO money on the site, and I don't sell anything from the site either, except a link to Amazon.com for Lexx dvds. It now is probably the biggest actor's site on the web, (almost 80 pages) and the biggest Lexx site ever made. I will continue to run the site  until which time there is no longer interest in either Lexx or Michael as an actor, which may be a long time.

 



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wow! So it was at Megacon that you got properly acquainted? All I can say is, thank goodness for dedicated people like you! Michael's very lucky.



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Kind of what I was saying. Between the initial salary and royalties he's probably not hurting. Since he's not hurting he doesn't have to whore himself to survive. There are a lot of actors out there that are 'successful' meaning a list famous that are constantly whoring themselves because it's the only way they can afford their chosen lifestyle.

I have Never gotten a sense that Michael is a keep up with the Jones jet setting fool. as a matter of fact if you listen to one of the interviews with Jeffrey Hirshfield, Lex Gigeroff and Paul Donovan they actual joke about him being a bit of a moocher.

all fair comments.   having said that, I was referring not so much to the financial status of your average actor, but the ego status.  if mr mcmanus has dealt with that particular demon, or was never inhabited by same in the first place, then I stand corrected.  well, sit corrected ... since I'm on the puter an' all :cool:

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Believe it or not I have a cousin that lives in a small 3 room house built back in the 20's; no running water and an outhouse. And he's not hurting financially. He's just very happy with what he has. Hopefully a certain thespian is not running outside with a page from the Sears catalog! :bouncebig:

hehehe ... that animal is familiar to me!.  we live in a house which is over 100 years old, refuse to use a dishwasher, airconditioner, or clothes dryer, grow our own food, make our own bread, ride mountain bikes everywhere, and buy the family clothes (apart from jocks n socks!) from charity stores .... and do it by choice.  there is absolutely no financial imperative at work here, it's simply our comfort zone.

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As for the site, I had the site up for a couple of years as an unofficial MM site, since there wasn't one out there. Brian, Xenia, Louise, Patty, Rolf and a few other cast members had their own official sites, but Michael has never had one. There was a fan site or two up over the years, but most of them were just Lexx fan sites. I built the mm.com site with both Lexx and MM related items and have archived Lexx memoribilia since 1996, and have tons of interviews. pics, autographs and lots of rare items, and when the other Lexx sites started disappearing, I made it bigger.

During the Megacon convention, I talked to Michael about the site, he'd seen it, and had approved of the format, and we discussed making it an official site, since he had no agent, manager or anyone to provide a site to showcase all of his work. I make absolutely NO money on the site, and I don't sell anything from the site either, except a link to Amazon.com for Lexx dvds. It now is probably the biggest actor's site on the web, (almost 80 pages) and the biggest Lexx site ever made. I will continue to run the site  until which time there is no longer interest in either Lexx or Michael as an actor, which may be a long time.

 

and what a fine job you do, too!  that mcmanus has the thumpingest website in the dark zone speaks volumes for the cult status of the show, if you ask me.  and you may ... ask me :cool:

incidentally, does he actually drop in to your site (so to speak)?  more importantly, does he lurk here very often?  I'll bet he does .... after all, what man could resist the temptation to know what an oversexed group of perimenopausal women are saying about him :new_shocked:


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