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'R.I.P.D.' & 'Red 2' Star Mary-Louise Parker Considers Quitting Acting Due To "Mean-Spirited" Critics

by Kristen Lopez
July 16, 2013 12:01 PM
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The word retirement always seems like it’s on the lips of actors and directors. Both Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino have given their directorial skills an expiration date in the last year, proclaiming they’re prepared to leave the industry to try new creative pursuits and/or get out while they're still on top, and the newest player to wave the retirement card is “Red 2” and “R.I.P.D.“ star, Mary-Louise Parker. The 48-year-old star of Showtime’s hit “Weeds” recently expressed her desire to quit acting to Australian press.

While out promoting her latest efforts, Parker took to condemning the entertainment industry as a mean-spirited enterprise intent to thrive on people’s pain; and in turn that audiences are celebrating this by tearing down actors and films. Parker opines that, “There’s way more mean-spiritedness… It’s a mean culture - its reality TV and its watching people suffer and watching people humiliate themselves.”  She goes onto allude to shows such as “Toddlers and Tiaras” and “Celebrity Rehab” as proof of this “ugly” culture where entertainment is “like someone just lifted up a rock and that’s all we’re looking at.”  

With the entertainment industry changing, Parker believes she’s too “thin-skinned” to handle this jubilant desire to criticize that audiences have taken up. “It’s sport for people, it’s fun to get on at night and unleash their own self-loathing by attacking someone else who they think has a happier life.” While not mentioning specific instances, the actress appears to have been the victim of harsh criticisms, stating “I don’t know if you can imagine a friend sending you something they thought was funny, that was something mean that someone wrote about you and there’s like 50 comments from complete strangers across the world about you… It doesn’t feel nice.” With that being said, Parker doesn’t have a specific end date in mind for her retirement, like Tarantino and Soderbergh do. She has a desire to do more television and a few more Broadway stage plays, but overall, “I’m almost done acting.”  

It does sound like Parker is ready for a change of pace and perhaps an outlet that wouldn't put her square in the public. When asked if she would miss making movies she bluntly says, “No, I don’t think so,” explaining, "I would write, still. I write for Esquire (magazine) and writing makes me happy. I would take care of my kids and my goats. That's about it. Bake. Throw my internet in the lake…"  

But what do you think? Are Parker’s comments sour grapes, or proof that audiences are becoming increasingly hell-bent on tearing down their idols? You can watch Mary-Louise Parker in the upcoming “Red 2” and “R.I.P.D.” on July 19th. [Herald Sun]

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  • Jay | July 17, 2013 11:28 AMReply

    Then just leave...

  • jonas35 | July 17, 2013 5:42 PM

    That's what she's probably talking about. Parker is one of our finest television actress with a very successful career. It's a shame she's even considering retirement at such a young age. Ms. Parker will probably not read this, but don't let yourself down with those morons that trash you online. Focus only on those who regard you as one of the very best and that thank you for your consistently amazing work.

    Stay around. You're miles above these people.

  • George | July 17, 2013 11:17 AMReply

    The industry is heavily focused on blockbuster right now.The majority of which are not good movies. The movie audience has yet to realize that star power has less influence over movies now adays. Its the studios pushing a mediocre product.

  • Remy | July 17, 2013 8:46 AMReply

    "Throw my internet in the lake" is an amazing expression.

  • Rob | July 16, 2013 2:49 PMReply

    If I could contact Mary-Louise Parker, I would tell her that she is absolutely right. You go to Rotten Tomatoes and it's practically become a tweeting forum who can be the most scathing and mean at the same time. I barely call it criticism anymore. And from what I remember in film school, constructive criticism was the way to go. Not "Don't ever make a movie again! In fact, go kill yourself!" I would also tell her that though I was not a fan of Weeds or Reds, she was the best part about both and I know enough that if you don't have anything nice to say...

  • Travis | July 16, 2013 1:11 PMReply

    She was hit and miss in Angels in America, but when she hit, my god did she hit

  • Price Check | July 16, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    She was great in Price Check. Hopefully she sticks around and just listens to her own opinion and of those who she respects, instead of visa versa.

  • Gabe Toro | July 16, 2013 4:33 PM

    You are thinking of Parker Posey, a different national treasure.

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