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Words To Live By From “Actor” James Deen

By Gabe Delahaye / August 2, 2013 - 11:45 am

Gawker interviewed porn star James Deen about his work in the new movie The Canyons, which also stars Lindsay Lohan, and was written by Brett Easton Ellis and directed by Paul Schrader. (Do you like how I am explaining what The Canyons is to you as if you are a little baby? We all know what The Canyons is, Gabe!) I’m sure James Deen has lots of really important things to say about the art of acting, and you are welcome to read all of it, heck start a James Deen Interview google alert and go nuts! But it’s what he has to say about the way he deals with potential criticism that really hits home. I think we could all benefit from his wisdom:

What the hell do I care what these people think? If it’s not on The Simpsons it doesn’t exist and most of the people I meet aren’t on The Simpsons. If I met Alec Baldwin and he made me feel like shit I might be a little hurt, because he was on The Simpsons. What do I care if some producer who worked for Steven Spielberg says something insulting? Who cares? You’re not on The Simpsons, go fuck yourself.

Seriously. This is a good rule! It does mean that you have to be a little more careful around Harvey Fierstein, Cloris Leachman, Penny Marshall, and Sting because you don’t want them to hurt your feelings. But otherwise, if you follow James Deen’s advice of literally believing that nothing outside of the world of The Simpsons has any meaning, importance, or affect on you, I think you’re going to find yourself feeling more confident. Maybe even invincible. Worry about yourself and worry about The Simpsons and that’s IT! And if some loser who worked for Steven Spielberg (the world is full of them) tries to give you any attitude you just tell them “You’re not on The Simpsons, go fuck yourself.”