I love summer action flicks – it’s a crazy-sometimes-silly ride that you don’t have to strain your head over or get emotionally involved with.
However, the recent news that Ben Affleck would don the Caped Crusader’s mantle got me riled up.
I’m not a huge comics fan – I can’t even keep it straight in my head which superhero belongs to the Marvel or DC universe – but I’m enough of a fan to have certain characters close to my heart.
So my immediate reaction was not a good one but, prompted by an article in defence of Ben Affleck as a decent, socially responsible guy, I decided to look up which celebrities are active in philanthropy and came up with surprising results.
Obviously it’s not so clear cut as how much cash they give, or how much time but also how much passion and dedication. At the same time, it seems there are even calculations as to how much their perceived fame contributes to a cause (this one makes my head ache). On top of that, there’s the cynic in me who wonders how sincere their contributions are, so I’m glad to have read this article which answers some of my questions and addresses at least some small part of the dilemma when celebrities dabble in charity.
After that, I came upon this post on Keanu Reeves. If you ignore the OTT headline, it’s actually a nice look at (what seems to me) a really rare kind of celebrity. Over the years I’ve read posts about how he lives in a small apartment and travels by train – no entourage, no fancy sports cars etc, and wondered if they were true. The thought that a guy who makes millions can live a normal life makes me feel good, but this article goes on to show a lot more about the kind of person he is, and it’s funny how good that makes me feel.