I've always respected you, both as an actress and a director. Your performances in films such as The Accused
and The Brave One
were both inspired and
inspiring. Little Man Tate,
your directorial debut, was a piece of masterful filmmaking. Through your films, you've given people hope when they would otherwise be wallowing in despair.
And I get it -- no, I really do. You've been in the public eye since you were three years old, starring in commercials, then movies, even turning in a riveting performance as a prostitute in Scorsese's masterpiece Taxi Driver
, when you were, what? Thirteen years old?
Okay, the public eye has always been on you. Always. And because of that, your life has been, as you referred to it in your speech at the Golden Globes, one long reality show.
I respect your need for privacy. I respect that you don't want to live your life as a Kardashian or a Honey Boo Boo. But I don't respect your refusal to think big -- bigger than yourself, bigger than your own small world -- and consider the world at large.More »