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  in response to my query about the intensity of response elicited not by
depp's films but by his off screen actions mark allen explains that
 
"it is certainly worthy to note why we get more interesting films as
a result of Depp's box office draw than we do from, say, Kevin Costner's
 box office draw"
 
and that "stars motivate people to see movies and thus motivate distributors
to accept star vehicles and investors/studios to pay for them."
 
but i'm still puzzled . . . i can see how these factors might be of interest
to those who want to invest in films or otherwise consider them as "product"
but that discourse has not, so far as i can tell, ever really played a role
on SCREEN-L . . . it seems to me that something more is at stake here,
something more personal than the financial interests of investors, and i'm
curious to know what to make of it or what others make of it
 
mike
 
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