Entertainment behind the scenes
She’s better known as a pop singer and her work in the movie “Glitter” didn’t earn her much respect as an actress, but her next film, “Precious,” will likely do a lot to change perceptions of Mariah Carey.
The pop diva appeared in front of reporters alongside her co-stars in the gritty, urban drama here at Cannes on Friday after a smashing debut at last January’s Sundance Film Festival. (Read about that here) In the film, she portrays a welfare case worker to a young, overweight teenager, Precious, whose life in the ghetto is hard.
To perform in the part, the glamorous Carey stripped down to her basic self and was required to wear no makeup except that which gave her dark circles under her eyes and made her look weary and worn. Yet Carey said it was among the best work she could have imagined.
“Doing it…was exhausting, exhilarating and it was just an honor,” Mariah told reporters at Cannes.
Since August, most of us have become all to familiar with the concept of a financial market “correction” in which prices for the stocks and bonds in 401K and other accounts were too high and so they “corrected” downward. The financial cost to many was on the order of 30 percent or more in those portfolios, many of us lost our jobs, and the pain continues.
We don’t mean to trivialize the personal cost of the current recession by comparing it to a film festival. No. We just bring it up because much of the talk on the snowy streets (this year, it seems there’s been more rain than snow) of Park City, Utah where the Sundance Film Festival is located, has been of a Sundance correction.