Sunday 22 January 2017

Mary Kenny: Acting authorities - Should we take our political views from celebrities?

Published 27/11/2016 | 02:30

Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mary Kenny, writer and author. Photo: Tony Gavin

We all adore the wonderful Michael Fassbender: and I particularly adore him since he actually performed in a play of mine at Edinburgh. High point of my life. But do I want to take my "rules for living" from the adorable Fassbender? Probably not. I think I might pay more attention to Nietzsche ("Live dangerously!") or Wittgenstein.

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Ludwig Wittgenstein - the Austrian who found mental peace in Connemara - was the one who said that if we didn't know about a subject, we should keep our mouths shut ("Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent"). I think we can take it that Ludwig would not have been comfortable in a world where Katie Hopkins speaks with such authority.

But Wittgenstein probably wouldn't make the cut either, since he wouldn't be wearing a sweater priced at £1,250 sterling - as Michael F was when he articulated his "Rules for Living" in the December issue of GQ. Maybe the question we really want to ask is: how do you get to the point where you can purchase such a garment? In Fassbender's case, be a good-looking young man with a remarkable acting talent, and a relentless hunger to work and succeed.

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