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Harry Styles Cares More About Music And Elvis Presley Than Being Your Prince Eric

Can't really blame him for it either.

So we know that Harry Styles said no to the role of boring ol’ Prince Eric for Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, much to the disappointment of One Direction fans everywhere. So why did he turn down such a big part? Well, it’s because of music.

Chatting to The Face, Harry said being in The Little Mermaid was “discussed” but he’d rather do his sex and rock ‘n roll music stuff for the time being.

“I want to put music out and focus on that for a while. But every­one involved in it was amaz­ing, so I think it’s going to be great. I’ll enjoy watch­ing it, I’m sure.”

All One Direction and Disney fans right now.

Fair enough to the guy for having the guts and self awareness to turn down such a high profile role in order to focus on what he really wants to do. Plus he’s not really an “actor” per se as he’s only really been in one movie before (Dunkirk) so perhaps being a Disney prince might’ve been too much at this point.

But while he isn’t going keen to be your Prince Eric, he was particularly keen to be Elvis Presley in Buz Luhrmann’s biopic about the late King of Rock n’ Roll.

It wasn’t meant to be either as Austin Butler got the role in the end but Harry isn’t too fussed, saying that despite worshiping Elvis Presley for a good chunk of his life it was for the best that he didn’t get the part if he wasn’t the right person for it.

But hey, let’s look at this with a glass half-full point of view. Harry may not be your new Prince Eric nor will he be Elvis Presley, but the The Little Mermaid will find someone great to fill the role (and hopefully make him less boring) and we’re going to get some nice Harry Styles music instead.

That’s a pretty good consolation prize for everyone.

Is Nicki Minaj's Retirement A Publicity Stunt Or Are We Toxic For Assuming So?

Let the woman retire in peace.

Nicki Minaj dropped a hell of a bombshell when she announced on Twitter her sudden retirement from all things music and hip-hop in order to focus on having a family.

Given how she released new music back in June and has talked about working on a new album on a number of occasions, this out-of-the-blue tweet from the rapper is quite the shock.

Unsurprisingly, this retirement announcement was met with a range of reactions. Among the many Nicki Minaj fans supporting her decision to embrace familial responsibility are skeptical folk calling this as nothing more than a publicity stunt for attention before she makes an inevitable comeback.

It may well be publicity stunt, we’ll never know for sure. As far as we know, she’s not married nor does she have any kids so perhaps her tweet was a bit premature.

Say she does end up having kids, other huge music stars like Cardi B, Queen Bey, Adele, Jennifer Lopez and Pink have all had kids while still managing to have massively successful careers so there’s every possibility that Nicki could make a big return to hip-hip at some point in the future.

However, there’s also the possibility that Nicki, you know, actually intends to retire. After all, she did foreshadow taking her daughter to preschool in the lyrics of ‘All Things Go’ and pondered going out while still at the top in ‘Moment 4 Life’.

Throw in how she’s become a bit of a lightning rod of attention for being increasingly critical of the industry and media over the last few years, it’s not hard to see why she would be over everything and is keen to do something else.

But by dismissing Nicki’s retirement announcement as nothing more than an attention-grabbing stunt while insisting she’ll be back in no time, we’re really no better than a bunch of puffy-chested toxic bros.

For someone who already has the spotlight constantly on her, it can really take a toll when no one believes she wants to call it a day on hip-hop so she can focus on starting a family.

Let Nicki Minaj live her life in peace. If she wants to retire and start a family, good on her. And if she decides that she wants to come back to hip-hop at some time in the future then that’s totally up to her and not what some whiny folk on the internet want.

Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Prep Shows Just How Stupid Method Acting Can Get

At what point does it become nothing more than an actor scratching their acting ego?

Joaquin Phoenix’s preparation to play the Joker is enough to make you wince. Between the physical mannerisms and hours of studying people with Pathological Laughter or Crying disorder, he also dropped nearly 24kg to play the character. Method acting at its crazy finest on the forefront right there, folks.

But at what point does method acting go from useful preparation for a movie to nothing more than stupidity and an unashamed attempt at winning an Oscar sprinkled with a dash of ego stroking?

There are countless infamous stories of actors going to extreme lengths in order to “get into character” for a film. Some make sense, like losing or gaining weight (within reason), Michelle Williams wearing a belt around her knees in order to get Marilyn Monroe’s trademark walk right, learning a couple of accents or training getting all trained up with guns in order to play an assassin, like Keanu Reeves for John Wick.

But then there are those preparation stories that make you wonder whether it was worth the effort just to get a “performance.” Folks like Joaquin Phoenix, Christian Bale, Kate Winslet and Daniel Day-Lewis all put themselves through mental and physical hell for every single movie part they do.

Sure they put on a great show but do things like inhabiting the mentality of a Nazi or learning how to build a house from scratch using only period accurate tools actually add anything to the final performance that pretending doesn’t offer? Isn’t pretending the whole point of acting?

Perhaps the worst case of method acting really going off the rails was what Aaron Eckhart did to prepare for Rabbit Hole. In order to really capture the grief of a father who lost his young son to an accident, he crashed support groups and masqueraded around as a depressed parent.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Eckhart said he ultimately had a fake emotional breakdown and ended up telling a made up story about losing a child to people who actually lost their children.

Dude, that’s not method acting. That’s just rude, cruel, and all that “work” was ultimately for a movie that hardly anyone saw.

Listen actors, we understand you want to give a good performance and most people can tell when something is feeling “phony.” But no one is really going to notice the difference between you wearing a fat suit and actually putting on 20kg, all the work you’ve put into trying to be a Nazi guard, or whether you’re a grieving parent or just pretending to be one.

Dustin Hoffman once stayed up for 72 hours straight in order to get into character for a film and his co-star, the legendary Laurence Olivier, told him, “My dear boy, why don’t you just try acting?”

Perhaps actors should take Olivier’s advice to stop “acting” and start acting. Most people won’t notice the difference and no Oscar win or nomination is worth the physical and mental pain.

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