Ellen Pompeo on Daniel Craig’s interview: ‘This dude needs a reality check’


Yesterday, I covered Daniel Craig’s rather amazing TimeOut London interview – go here to recap. Daniel was in rare form, cursing up a storm and making declarations like “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists” when asked if he’d like to do another Bond movie. If it was anyone else saying all of that, media outlets might have been a little bit harsher. But by now, we all know Daniel is a curmudgeon, right? We all know that he uses violent hyperbole to describe the process of making the James Bond films. Well, apparently Ellen Pompeo wasn’t familiar with Daniel’s vibe. So she tweeted this:

Which… sure. I mean, if Daniel was honestly saying that he would literally “slash his wrists” rather than film another James Bond, he would need a reality check. But didn’t we all know that it was hyperbole? Still, Ellen’s followers made a different argument: that Ellen shouldn’t take a swipe at Daniel because he probably didn’t even say that, something something media and so she sort of took it back:

Sure. Except Daniel really did say that – he’s not contradicting TimeOut London’s transcript of their conversation, and if you read the full piece, you can see his comments in (sarcastic, violently hyperbolic) context. I don’t know, you guys… why not just stick with your #hottake of “this dude needs a reality check”? Or why not bother to read the full piece, you know?


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  1. Little Darling says:

    Her face looks pretty great in the header photo. She had been looking little busted in the face for awhile there.

    I honestly think sometimes (oftentimes) celebrities get way ahead of themselves on Twitter because it’s so easy and fast. Then they get taken to task and have to backpedal.

    Also, celebs really should just zip it when it comes to saying things about other celebs. It never looks good, always reads petty.

    • Silvermist says:

      wow, this is the stuff that pisses me off. first comment is about her appearance?? completely unrelated to the story

      • Val says:

        Of course, a woman is only as good as her looks.

      • imo says:

        u must be new to the site lol!

      • Rainbow says:

        Wow Little Darling dared to make a comment for someone’s appearance on a GOSSIP site. How superficial is she.

      • Little Darling says:

        Also, have you read the recent posts about Ben Affleck when he was in nanny gate?I can’t count how many people commented (myself included) on how busted he was looking. Because truthfully he was looking busted. I didn’t hear anyone coming to his defense over the comments attacking his looks.

      • Grant says:

        Um, is this a joke? I can’t read an article about Jennifer Aniston without suffering through literal scores of comments calling her plain or homely. Or Angelina Jolie looking like a bag of bones.

      • Kitten says:

        What is up with this site lately?
        So much anger being directed at these innocuous comments. Little Darling made a series of observations in her comment, one being about Ellen’s appearance and it was a compliment FFS. No bashing whatsoever.

        This place has become mad harsh as of late.

      • Anti Bieber says:

        Well said! Pisses me off too – she has a brain, a voice … see those first for the love of God!

      • Beth No. 2 says:

        Well said Kitten. CB has really become pearl-clutching site of late. If someone has such brittle sensibilities then how about staying off gossip sites, esp one called CeleBITCHY. Seriously tiresome to read.

    • Silvermist says:

      I’m not new to the site, and I’m aware it’s a gossip site. But for the very first comment to be about her appearance, when the post isn’t about that at all?!? we really are great about bashing eachother.

      • lisa says:

        is it really that bad that the OP paid her a compliment?

      • Rainbow says:

        Well the article is not about something that serious, it about a twitter statement gone wrong. It’s not that L.D made a comment about her face on a “Helen Pompeo had a car accident ” thread. Also she said that she looks good so I don’t see the big deal.

        When there is a light article about Brangelina I can say that Brad looks hot or Angie is beautiful, its not about bashing each other or tearing women apart. Its just a compliment.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Really? Or were you just waiting for somebody, anybody, to say something you could vent your anger on? Little Darling didn’t do anything wrong, anti feminist, or whatever. She paid the woman a compliment before she discussed the crucial, world-altering topic of the mean tweet. I think it’s sad when people can’t disagree or make a point without attacking.

      • Silvermist says:

        no, I wasn’t looking to vent my anger. just felt frustration that the first comment was about how she looks. maybe I should not have read this post straight after reading Jamie Lee Curtis’ one 😉

      • Sabrine says:

        Oh you’ve seen nothing yet. The fat shaming of pregnant women is rampant on here. It shows you just how shallow and superficial it is on here. But I’m here too so I can’t complain can I?

      • Little Darling says:

        Woah – I wasn’t expecitng that! Anyone who reads my somewhat limited comments (I rarely have the luxury to wake up and comment while having coffee like I am on this lovely Friday morning that I have off) knows that I am anything but a woman hater. Nor am I a nasty poster. I am a postpartum doula, trust me, I love women.

        Look at Google, see her face from a few years ago and see if my comment was mean. She looks refreshed, plumped out and great. Compared to how she looked a few years ago. The picture (and by default her looks) IS related to the story because it’s the one posted with it, and I commented on that. It was the first thing I noticed.

        Maybe offtopic but….Is it wrong to comment on that? If so then, WOW, this is not the board I thought it was. I’ve been on this site for years, shortly after it started. I remember when Bedhead had her own website, Agent Bedhead (I’m assuming?). Only recently have I had the inclination to become an active poster, and that is because I see the most intelligent discussions here. The funniest comments. The snarkiest, rudest but spot on comments. And I wanted to be a part of it.

        I come here first thing every morning because Kaiser, Celebitchy and Bedhead present information that is not only accurate, but well written, well thought out and non judgmental. I comment because I see that I am surrounded, for the most part, by amazing commenters who are liberal in thought, free in expression and snarky when it suits.

        I don’t want to feel like I can’t comment freely about an observation on someone’s looks without being attacked for being a Basher.

        I’m slightly offended Silvermist. And Val.

      • Leah says:

        I don’t agree that she looks plumped up and refreshed . She looks like a woman in her 40s, a normal good looking woman as opposed to a plumped up refreshed hollywood person. This how my aunts look when they dress up and they are her age. They have lines in their face and stuff as does Ellen. I don’t understand this obsession with saying someone has had things done to their face. Especially Ellen who doesnt appear to have made much of an attempt to look younger.

      • Katherine says:

        Reaching, much? It’s not that serious.

    • holly hobby says:

      No she looks worse. I don’t know whether it’s the make up or what not but she looks harsher. All the Grey’s promo pics make her look like Bitter Betty.

      Sorry Ellen, it’s none of your business. Why comment?

      • antipodean says:

        Little Darling I was touched by your comments above. I too come to this site for a bit of light hearted, well written, and sometimes devilishly barbed opinions. It most often makes me laugh, and quite often makes me think when others have a differing opinion from mine. I see that as a good thing, and hope I am always open to new points of view. Please do not let anyone deter you from commenting, I find your views refreshing, and hilarious. I like to think that all are welcome here, and variety is the spice of life. If we all thought the same thing, how boring a world it would be.

      • Thanks Antipodean, that comment was so sweet to make. You’re right though, I shouldn’t allow one comment like that, that probably doesn’t have much to do with me, affect the camaraderie I feel with these women posters.

    • KB says:

      I thought the exact same thing when I saw her photo. A couple of years ago, I think she may have just been a little underweight, but she always seemed older than her age. Now she is like aging in reverse. She looks fantastic and I love that you can actually see lines on her face. Women really do look younger when they don’t freeze their foreheads.

  2. als says:

    I still don’t get why he gets a pass. If one of the Marvel actors had said it they would have gotten more heat for it (like a shitload more heat).
    Let’s imagine RDJ or Evans saying they would rather cut their wrists than play Iron Man and Captain America again.
    His interview was stupid from every standpoint.
    Ellen should have stuck with it.

    I get the feeling the audience of Bond movies is considered more elevated that Marvel’s, so Bond actors get away with stuff like this – wrongfully so. He plays a character beloved by so many people, he’s part of something big and yet he is a ‘cumudgeon’.
    So many talented actors that could play Bond and this dude was accepted and still tolerated. Idiots!

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    • J-G says:

      I agree.

      And why is it ok for him to use such violent hyperbole. I feel kind of concerned about him actually.

      • LCW says:

        Lmao is violent hyperbole illegal anywhere else other than this site? I’m pretty sure most people use it every day and aren’t mentally unstable or belittling people who commit suicide or something… Release your pearls.

    • Luca76 says:

      He gets a pass because he has a penis. As do RDJ and others when they say asinine things.

      • Susan says:

        This 10000000 times over!!

      • QQ says:

        see: Last Avengers Presser

      • Mark says:

        Lena Dunham? Jennifer Lawrence? Amy Schumer? Tina Fey? Amy Poehlar? Nicki Minaj? They don’t have penises what is their excuse?

      • korra says:

        @Mark COME ON DUDE! They don’t talk sh-t openly like Craig does about stuff like this. Maybe Minaj and on occassion Dunham. But omg the backlash that ensues when they speak their mind versus Craig is not one you can ignore. Craig got away with a lot in his interview. I do not understand the infinite number of passes he got for it.

        AND YES TO POMPEO. Daniel Craig NEEDS a reality check.

    • Adrien says:

      If Meryl said that, the Guardian will have a lengthy think piece about it.

      • ichsi says:

        Bahahaha, true.

        Back to the main topic, he gets a pass because he never pretended to be anything else. The Marvel guys all have these images, self- pr- or worst: fan-created to uphold where they are those nice, dreamy hunks covered in puppies. So when they say something dumb that contradicts those images, they’re in deep beep.
        Craig on the other hand never pretended to be a sunny boy, he always was this quite difficult acteur with a dark sense of British humour, so none of this comes as a surprise.

    • EN says:

      He gets a pass because people should be allowed to talk about how they feel.
      And sure, they can use hyperbole, many people do , and it is actually an acceptable literary method of expression.

      I’d rather have people speak honestly about their experiences and feelings that be completely shut out of it for the fear of offending someone.

  3. Sea Dragon says:

    Sorry but this seems like a non event. Someone misunderstood something on twitter, tried to save face but did so with the wrong info.

  4. Naya says:

    Ellen really? A reality check? The man picks up a 30 million check aaaaand points on the the films gross. He has checks, he needs no more. A swift kick to the backside is what he needs. Would Idris Elba report to the managers office please.

  5. NewWester says:

    Regarding Daniel Craig statement about not wanting to not do anymore Bond films. I have to wonder if there are some negiotions going on to pay him more so he can stay on?
    I am not on Twitter, but it always seems like someone is arguing with someone else. Is it really like that?

  6. Esteph says:

    huh? I read his piece, and sure it seems that he is over being asked if he wants to play Bond again. So I am not sure where Ellen is getting the chill out thing?…

    • Katherine says:

      She clearly didn’t get the facts first, she just reacted like most people on Twitter.

  7. JKL says:

    Much ado about nothing.

  8. D says:

    I have never seen Grey’s Anatomy, but I did see a movie that she was in, I think it was called Art Heist. It was a crap movie and she was the absoulte worst actress that I have ever seen, so bad.
    Maybe she took some acting lessons and improved, is she any good in Grey’s Anatomy?

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      I think she is very good in Grey’s Anatomy. Imo her character holds the whole story together. I have also watched some interviews with her, I find her funny – in a good way funny.

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      Well this is her 12th year playing Meredith Grey, so I think they are one in the same at this point. Hard to mess up with the character you have been playing for over a decade, so yeah I think she is pretty solid in that role. Is the acting groundbreaking? No. But it serves it’s purpose and I can see why it would be a challenge for her to pick up a project that’s outside that ABC-drama realm.

    • holly hobby says:

      No she wasn’t good in Grey’s either. I consider Sandra Oh to be better.

  9. serena says:

    If it was a woman who said that it would be just ungrateful, so yeah, he is. And maybe he didn’t mean it and was joking but that’s not what you say about something that made you big.

  10. funckes says:

    I’m so sick of Daniel and all the big bag of air he full of. I wish they would just get rid of this egomaniac. He always come off so smug.
    The only problem for Daniel will be that the movie studios will no longer protect his image because he’s no longer part of the franchise. This is when certain women start stepping forward to talk about his wandering peen.

    Be careful what you wish for you just might get it.

  11. meme says:

    another celeb posting her oh so important opinion on twatter and then taking it back. do they ever tale a moment to think about their twatters BEFORE they press send?

  12. smcollins says:

    And this is why I’m not on Twitter (hell, I’m barely on Facebook). I just don’t understand this incessant need to post every little thought that pops into someone’s head, and thinking that everyone is actually interested in knowing all those little thoughts. I get using it as a tool to unite and spread information, but it seems that’s so rarely the case. It’s just plastered with trivial crap like this.

  13. EM says:

    I tried watching Grey’s Anatomy a couple of times. Found it boring.

  14. Beatrice says:

    Daniel Craig DOES need a reality check. He’s starred in one of the hottest and most reliable franchises around (and making mega bucks) and says that? Of course he’s a curmudgeon, but Daniel, get over it and be grateful that you’re not working in some awful grind of a job.

  15. FLORC says:

    In an age where we have short attention spans and need summed versions of articles. Combined with our instant ability to respond directly to those points.. Who bothers to read a full article?

  16. Morgan says:

    Ellen’s done interviews before where she’s talked about how actors always think the grass is greener someplace else and she is completely aware that staying at her successful role for as long as she has is the reason she has the awesome life she does. I totally thought her comment was in line with that sentiment.

  17. Izzy says:

    I mean, can they ALL just STFU now?

  18. Odesa says:

    Well, I thought she looked weird. Is that pink eyeliner underneath?

  19. Spike says:

    Okay. Checked the article out for context. But I agree with Ellen. I think she picked on something and shouldn’t have black down.

    I didn’t get a chance to comment on the earlier article. But when an actor says something like that; uses those kinds of phrases he/she know it is attention grabber. Same thing when celebri- morons compare petty issues with being raped.

    I just searched for simply the terms slash and glass — the comment was picked up by Time Magazine & NBC Nightly News. If he said something more banal, I would have blown it off. But after spending too much time around people who tried to commit suicide by slitting their wrists or cutters who use shards of glass to cut themselves the whole thing makes me feel not so good.

    On the other side, to dispel the notion that I am depressed 24/7, when adult entertainment performer names popped up, I was thinking how you don’t hear names like Gladys, Gertrude Mildred, Totie, Hazel, Ida, Druscilla, Winifred or Bertha.

  20. RoxyRoller74 says:

    The James Bond role can make an actors career or jump start a lagging one. Thousands of actors would love the role and be grateful for it. Don’t worry D. once you’re done with James Bond you can go back to making movies like Dream House. Can’t wait for squeal. Twat.

  21. iheartgossip says:

    I get her confused with Renee Zelwiger. She seems very full of herself, considering ….

  22. seesittellsit says:

    I have a strong suspicion that a successful run pretending to be 007 would warp anyone’s sense of reality . . .

  23. Christy says:

    I find it interesting that every single gossip site that is running this story takes the “NOW?” out of his quote. His reply was “‘Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on…. At the moment, we’ve done it.”

    Its like asking a marathon runner if they want to do another marathon immediately after they’ve just finished one. The answer is always HELL NO! Or maybe not, some runners are crazy like that 😉

    • Katherine says:

      But, then people couldn’t be so indignant about how “ungrateful” he is. I mean, context is inconvenient.

    • Carol says:

      Exactly, Christy! I don’t get the fuss over his comments. When I read it I was thinking about asking a woman who just went through natural childbirth to have another baby right away. This is a big to-do over nothing!

  24. Meg says:

    why is celebitchy giving Daniel craig a free pass at being an ungrateful actor? She doesn’t give jessica alba a free pass when she bitched about first time directors or bad movies she was in.

  25. Nayru says:

    I think I personally am giving Craig more of a pass for several reasons. For starters his complaint is so over the top silly I’m not sure how to take it. Second I’m as tired of Daniel Craig as he is of the Bond films. Lastly those films have always been gone from one actor to the next so they were never about him. I suppose overall I just couldn’t care less what Craig thinks or what he does next because I’m done with him as is anyway.

  26. Tara says:

    They are actors. They are so dramatic.