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Movie Makers and Movie Stars: What makes a Star?

What makes a movie star?

That has been the question on everyone's lips since the beginning of show business.

Someone has to put the "business" in "show", whilst someone has to make the star, well; a star.

Stardom itself cannot be in a vacum. Movie stars were not born stars. It is a combination of factors that make them a star. Directors, producers, casting agents, promoters, imagine makers and the list goes on. Yes, talent is in there also. One has to create or be given an opportunity, and then they need to run with it, and exploit it to the max. The talent needs to cope with the both the set backs and the accolades, as the pressure mounts for them. They need to cement their place in the industry, rather than be just another "flash in the pan", where they in fact become a "super star" of the industry, just by nature, as the effort VS reward plays out in way way that is anything but scripted.

Movie stars usually possess that intangible that helps make them a star, Sometimes it's that super charismatic trait, sometimes, "its in the eyes", or it's that they have "the look".

Let's look at some of the industries biggest stars...Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro, Woddy Allen, Jackie Chan, Russell Crowe, Goldie Hawn, and Susan Sarrandon. They certainly all ran with the punches, and didn't quit, even after a few appearances that were anything but award winning.

Stardom is an enduring and endearing quality. It's about who the industry and the public want to see become a star. The star needs excellent timing and be able to adapt to opportunities at hand, and most importantly, seize the moments along their journey, enabling them to reach their final destination of stardom.

Media Man Australia, Greg Tingle, interviews stars on both side of the screen!


Harry Shearer - 1st June 2003

Bessie Bardot - 21st March 2003

Phillip Adams - 3rd April 2003

Matthew Bristow - 15th May 2003

Ric Drasin - 18th June 2003

Darren Gray - 15th June 2003

Max Markson - 2nd July 2003

Joy Hruby - 28th July 2003

Essan Laurent - 29th July 2003

Dane Crandon - 14th August 2003

Lorraine "Abner Zurd" Fontanes - 15th August 2003

Billy Wiz - 28th August 2003

Kevin Jacobsen - 28th August 2003

Brett Clements - 19th September 2003

Kate Neale - 7th October 2003

Shane C. Rodrigo - 29th October 2003

Bobby Riedel - 11th November 2003

Jon Cohen - 4th December 2003

Brook Paige Anderson - 4th December 2003

Dave Warner - 9th December 2003

Bruno Chatelin, COO, Filmfestivals Entertainment Group - 9th Jan 2004

Richard Bradley - 3rd June 2004

David Steinhoff - 27th October 2004

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