Ryan Phillippe whines about his fame: “I am not Brad Pitt”


You know, I honestly used to like Ryan Phillippe. I used to think he was a really nice, decent guy. I used to think he was a very underrated actor too. I don’t know when it really changed for me, although it was some time after he and Reese Witherspoon broke up. I didn’t really blame him for that, although I know the popular opinion was that he cheated and she left, I always thought it was probably more complicated than that. But at some point over the past few years, Ryan has just developed this skeezy, whiny, self-pitying, annoying personality, in my opinion. He goes on Howard Stern and slams his exes, he seems petty and immature, and he also seems like he’s trying too hard to bag his next hot chick.

Anyway, Ryan is the cover boy for the new issue of Inked Magazine. I’ve never really paid attention to Ryan’s tattoos, but apparently he’s very proud of them, and he talks about them in detail. I found those parts annoying, but if you’d like to read the full piece, go here. Ryan devotes most of the interview to whining, though. Do you feel bad for him?

On discovering acting and playing a gay teenager on a soap opera: “I was shunned by the church after I did it,” Ryan recalls. “Ostracized, in a way. It was a nerve-racking job at 17, when you’re just kind of understanding your sexuality. I didn’t know any gay people. I was nervous and insecure. The other actors were like, ‘You’ve got to speak up.’ But it was an amazing learning experience. It grew me up.”

On covering a tattoo: “No, but I did have a ladybug on my foot covered up. Its significance was with an ex. I put a stingray over the top of it. When people ask me why, I say, ‘Any animal that could take down the Crocodile Hunter deserves my respect.’”

On his messy break up with Abbie Cornish: “Those things are tricky, man. In this business, it’s like, I don’t know how people make it work—and they don’t for the most part. You can cite very few examples of people who do. Very few. It’s a challenge. There are long periods of separation, and there’s lots of interference and speculation. It just makes it hard.”

On the paparazzi: “In L.A. they are awful,” Ryan says of the paps. “I don’t understand. I am not Brad Pitt. I am not one of the biggest stars in the business. But for some reason they have it out for me.” Some people buy motorcycles because they’re fun to ride; Ryan bought his so that when the photographers chase him, he can lose them in traffic. “My mother hates it. She said, ‘You promised me you would never ride motorcycles.’ I’m like, ‘Mom, if I need to go to a doctor’s appointment, and I don’t want it written about …’”

Fears for his children: “I live in fear of the day my daughter searches her name [online],” he says, shaking his head in disgust. “She could see her entire life, from baby until 10 years old. I understand that there’s this curiosity, ‘Let’s see how the famous people made a child!’ But it’s incredibly creepy. Reese and I were really great at explaining all that stuff to them—they will never touch them or hurt them, and that the reason they’re pursuing us is because a picture of Mommy is worth a lot of money.” He breaks into a proud smile. “Our kids are brilliant, they’ve lived with it long enough. They’ve seen billboards of Mom on Sunset.”

On Reese Witherspoon: “She and I have a great friendship related to them now. They’re our focus, and I think we’ve done a really good job raising them and transitioning from what our life was to what it is now. I guess I haven’t been that guy who’s, like, loving attention. My thing always was, I love movies and I want to be an actor. That’s where it begins and ends with me. Now I’m realizing, yeah, I’ve got to play the game a little bit more.”

On his new film, MacGruber: “When Val Kilmer and I signed on to do the movie, the Internet haters said it was the end of our careers. They were like, ‘Look how desperate … they must need money.” The irony is I didn’t [do it] to get paid. I did it because I loved the script. It’s the movie I’m most excited for my friends to see. Will is the most fearless actor I’ve ever worked with. He’ll do anything. He’ll get naked at the drop of a dime and spread his butt cheeks. He does not give a f-ck. He’s very rock ‘n’ roll. … I wish I was more like that.”

More whining: “After the things I’ve been through in my personal life, the struggle that can be this industry, and all the bullsh-t that you deal with—people attacking you in the press and being hounded by paparazzi and then people shitting on whatever they estimate your talents to be—it can be really self-consciously heavy. You learn to ignore a lot of the negativity on the Internet. I don’t search myself anymore. It can really spin you out, the shit people write. So it was fun to go into a silly and fun job.”

On his future career: “Now that I’m getting older, I’m a little more open. I used to be like, ‘F-ck going to a fashion show—it’s superficial.’ But now I have a different appreciation for it. Plus, there are business decisions you have to make in my industry. You need to be relevant, because otherwise you will be forgotten. I’m not seen as that guy who opens a movie. So I’m a lot more open to doing types of movies I wouldn’t do in the past. Like, if I’m not known as a commodity, to some extent I won’t get to make the films I want to make. It doesn’t matter [if I’ve worked with Clint Eastwood]. It’s out the window. It’s a very strange thing, and it’s incredibly frustrating. I used to model my career after a guy like Sean Penn, and those careers don’t exist so much anymore.”

He’s thinking about getting a full sleeve: “Tattoos are like a map to your life,” he says. “Permanence is bravery. So many things in our lives aren’t permanent. Nothing lasts forever.”

[From Inked]

Here’s the thing – I get that it sucks to have your life analyzed to the nth degree, I get that it sucks when strangers take photos of your kids, and I get that not everyone is cut out to be under the microscope. If it was someone like Tom Cruise complaining about it, I would give him the point. But it’s Ryan Phillippe! The only time the guy makes news anymore is when he whines about all of the press he gets. Or, you know, when he breaks up with a girl and she’s all “I dumped him, he was a bitch.”

Thanks to CoverAwards for the heads up!



Photos courtesy of Inked online & CoverAwards.

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  1. margo says:

    Too bad he is such a skanky douche-he is smoking hot!

  2. LolaBella says:

    ‘Any animal that could take down the Crocodile Hunter deserves my respect.’

    Way to keep it classy, douche.

    I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt here, but it seems less like he’s whining and more like he’s becoming self-aware. He realizes that he needs to do things differently for his career to move forward and that seems to be his goal.

    I’ll wait to see what happens.

  3. Jeri says:

    I totally agree with your opinion. I used to like him but can’t stand him now. I think he just hates the paps cuz they totally rat him out to his ladyfriends.

  4. buckley says:

    More whining from this pantywaist?
    Oh dear…maybe McGruber can fix it for you.

  5. lrm says:

    meh. i didnt think these excerpts were bad,except the line about tattoos and permanance and bravery b.s.

    otherwise,he sounds fine…like he doesnt get why he’s hounded,but understands it’s part of the game. and he now realizes he has to play that game for all he can,in order to get roles and build a career.

    and what he said about his daughter and the press was sincere.

    i saw him in igby goes down, recently,and was like ‘wow,i didnt know he could actually act’-i guess i’ve never seen him in anything,but assumed he was just a pretty boy.

    we dont really know that he is a douche who cheats.
    and anyway,i think w/reese,i remember they were on and off for ab it-they got together really young,had kids while very young,etc. it happens,and it also happens that it doesnt work out sometimes.

    i cannot put energy into liking or disliking him-neutral for me.

  6. SolitaryAngel says:

    STFU already, you little bitch. No SHIT you’re not Brad Pitt; at least he knows to shut up when he has nothing good to say.

  7. Obvious says:

    he’s the male Megan Fox. Pretty to look at and that’s about it.

  8. lucy2 says:

    Waa waa, everyone’s mean to me!

    Seriously though, it seems like he’s good about being friendly with Reese for the kids, and protecting their privacy as much as possible. Beyond that, he should quit whining about his career. He’s been lucky enough to get a few good movies and otherwise steady work on what I consider a fairly mediocre talent.

  9. suz says:

    It’s difficult to see what Reese ever saw in him, if this is him “maturing” or whatever.

  10. Beth says:

    Did the magazine actually put “more whining” in the article? That’s too funny. I don’t think he’s whining too much but he thinks he’s a much bigger star than he actually is.

  11. meme says:

    sorry to break this to you but you’re pretty much Ryan Who? to everyone who doesn’t read gossip blogs and tabs.

  12. ses says:

    He’s trying so hard to sound self-reflective and worldly, but a phrase like “It grew me up” makes me think he’s missing a few teeth.

  13. Kaiser says:

    Beth – No, “More Whining” was my heading. I just go through articles and try to pick out the best quotes.

  14. Kitten says:

    He is definitely hot but sooooooo douchey and self-important.

  15. ligeia says:

    i just don’t find this guy attractive. at all. he is average and doesn’t have the fire of personality to light up his bland looks. blech.

  16. TG says:

    Thanks for the laugh today everyone! I don’t even know where to begin wit this guy he is such a douche. He is not with Reese anymore because he is such an insecure brat. I also think Reese finally realized she is with someone who isn’t even half as intelligent as she is and for a woman that isn’t sexy. At least not for me.

    I don’t even think he is good to look at. Yuck. And what’s with all these tatoos. A real man goes about being a man he doesn’t have to get tatoos to try to look like a bada**.

  17. Cheyenne says:

    Ryan, buddy, you ain’t woofin’. They don’t call you Cryin’ Ryan for nothing.

    Now go break out into your umpteenth chorus of “Nobody loves me / everybody hates me / I’m gonna eat some worms.”

  18. Kat says:

    Shut up, you whiny b**ch.

  19. Iggles says:

    Wow, people see what they want to see. If you’re neutral about Ryan Phillipe, this interview is eh. But if you hate him you see arrogance and whining that just isn’t there.

    And well, the haters are out on this thread in full force!

  20. buckley says:

    Disliking isn’t the same as hating.

  21. voiceover says:

    So sick of the term “haters”. Why must we all love celebrities? Or certain ones? Why? Are they really the grace of God for us to look at? Do we owe them something? For the record, I’m with Kaiser. He sounds like he’s realizing he’s not that special, so he name-drops and talks about how much he’s wanted. And I’m sure people will disagree with me, but imo, he seems like he regrets leaving/cheating on Reese. She was all he had going for him for the most part. On a positive note, I like those pics of him.

  22. Kelaa Khaa says:

    Once those tattoos have been around for awhile, they fade and do not look good, by the time he is 65 his sleeved arm will be blue.

  23. Ron says:

    When you become and actor of notice and you have been invloved with other actors romantically, you are bait for the paparazzi whether you like it or not. Keep a lower profile. Think Keanu Reeves, Patrick Dempsey, etc. And don’t give whiny interviews about this sort of thing. It always seems ungrateful. I live in LA and understand how the paparazzi are, but you won the lottery and are a famous and successful actor—deal with it.

  24. kiki says:

    I think he’s a terrible actor! I saw a few movies with him, and I swear he ruins them for me. And, he has the nerve to say he “models” his career afer Sean Penn? Sorry, dude, not even close. The only thing you have in common with Penn is that you are both

  25. Feebee says:

    OMG, he’s full of the lame quotes isn’t he? The Crocodile Hunter one was the worst but the “permanance is bravery” is pure shit.

    I’d love to see MacGruber be better than terrible but he did it because he loved the script? If you’re going to lie don’t make it so unbelieveable as to be unbelieveable.

  26. TG says:

    @voiceover – I agree with you and said as much on an earlier post about this douche. I think he regrets leaving her not because he has suddenly realized how wonderful she is and how to treat a woman but he has realized what a good thing he had and now he is a nobody and that she is respected in the industry. Hopefully she won’t ever fall for his pretty boy antics again.

  27. Mouse says:

    He’s on my list of “celebrities I find attractive until they open their mouths.”

  28. original kate says:

    oh ryan – why so serious?

  29. john says:

    have you ever heard his howard stern interviews? I think he is funny as hell and doesn’t sound a bit like he’s whining just because he is sick of crap from bloggers. He answers the questions that are asked and he answers them honestly I like him much much better then the liars who tell everyone how blessed they are while their minions polish their fake persona.

  30. gg says:

    I think he has confidence issues, hates his baby face, and so is trying to get as tough looking and acting as possible to ameliorate some of that in his image, but it seems he’s gone overboard and it hasn’t worked.

    And am I the only person wondering if his voice has always sounded like he’s the Mighty Hulk? (The comic book one)

    Overcompensating at all for some other issues?

  31. lexi says:

    He sounds looks and acts just fine (very fine) in my opinion.

  32. Ruffian9 says:

    “Permanence is bravery”. – WTF does that even mean?

    Dude, you were barely relevant when you were with Reese. Nobody gives a shit.

  33. westcoaster says:

    Did he ever think what his children will think of him when they go online and search for his name?

  34. snowball says:

    lol, “haters”

    Don’t you have to at least have really strong feelings about someone to hate them? I don’t think this guy really inspires those kinds of feelings in many people.

    I know his name, know he’s been in some things and know who he was married to, but beyond that, he’s sort of, “what, this guy again?” to me. So yes, he does come off as whiny when he’s bitching about being hounded by the press because I can’t really imagine the press looking for him day and night. It’s like, is the press hunting down the guy who played Richie Rich?

    I don’t exactly see him as a hot commodity, so his even doing that six degrees of separation thing with Brad Pitt and the paparazzi is hilarious. I know he meant it as an example, but really. Are there dozens of photographers and reporters hanging around Starbucks waiting for him when he picks up his morning latte? Maybe for Reese and her new boyfriend, but not him.

    If I lived in L.A. and passed him on the street, I wouldn’t even know who he was. He looks like a lot of other pretty boys.

  35. Bruce says:

    Damn, I thought he was gay.

  36. Camille says:

    I’m with you on this Kaiser, I was a fan until him and Reese split up (Sorry but I think he cheated and is a cheater). Now I find him whiny and ungrateful.

  37. canadianchick says:

    Teehee he googles himself…and admitted it.no wonder he has his bottom lip pouted out.

  38. j. ferber says:

    The self-importance is the biggest turn-off for me. I agree with the poster who said he’s not half as smart as Reese. Perfect coining of their mismatch. She just thought he was hot, I guess. I bet he was back when. Lucky as hell to have been with such a fine talent as Reese. A better man would have made it work, but he seems irresponsible, fickle and lazy. Plus he can’t act, so…

  39. anon1000 says:

    well, i live in LA and saw him crossing the street in Westwood (where UCLA is located) and i tell you, he is not much to look at. and HE IS A SHORT MAN! i am 5’7 1/2″ tall and the guy is 5’6″ tops.

  40. not in the nba says:

    I don’t care about his height. He looks about the same as most of the people in Hollywood he stands next to. He’s hot! If I saw him in the street I’d still be following him.

  41. Mistral says:

    He didn’t sound so bad to me. The lamest portions of the interview were the ones discussing his tattoos.

  42. n... says:

    i like you, because you not Brad Pitt. (*_*)

  43. JJ says:

    That “I’m not Brad Pitt” title is really misleading.

    He sounds fine to me – saying he’s not that important to get hounded like he does. Which is true.

  44. cedar falls says:

    “Wow, people see what they want to see. If you’re neutral about Ryan Phillipe, this interview is eh.”

    Too true! I’m ambivalent about the guy, beyond the fact that he is so very pretty, so I really didn’t see the whining in the article. He’s not that bad of an actor either – check out the film “Franklyn” with Eva Green. And I am definitely looking forward to MacGruber!!

  45. jessica says:

    I don’t get why people hear everything he says in a complaining tone. He sounds nice and sincere get off his back.

  46. Isabel says:

    I had a really, really unhealthy fixation with Ryan starting around the Cruel Intention days (watch that movie now…he looks like such a twirp!). And I’ve always had an inexplicable puppy love for him, even when he did horrible things like cheat on Reese or give himself a fauxhawk. I wish he’s stop talking, because I feel like I’m being forced into breaking up my emotional affair with him. He’s just so arrogant. I didn’t think this interview was too high on the douchemeter…he makes some valid points…but, in general, he’s just painting a really crappy portrait of himself.
    It’s coming to the end for Ryan and I. It’s not me, Ryan…it’s you.

  47. Anne says:

    I think Ryan is a pretty good actor. Is he a great role model? no. But that’s not his job. At least he is not paying people to white wash his image and hide who he really is.

  48. google says:

    Nevermind his incessant whining, I’m still giggling over the fact that he’s modelling his career after Sean Penn. Sean’s wee little finger has more acting talent than Ryan could ever muster.