When I was a small boy and I said I wanted to become a film director, most people
living in my village laughed at me. In my youth, what people called showbiz was something
inaccessible, or worse; it was kind of sinful. Most parents whose son or daughter wanted
to act, sing or work for a television company, did their utter best to make their lost
children think about something else. It was tolerated to ask people who worked in the
business for an autograph, but further contact with these roisterers, divorced from the
realities of this world, was strictly forbidden in most families.
'about those kind of people and about the blind ambition
Now, in 2000, the situation is inverted. You see parents who are willing to do
anything, and I mean anything, to get their children to act or sing. Today, people worship
television the medium above all else. Fame and money are everything. Becoming a star!
That’s all that counts for many people today.
Everybody Famous is about those kind of people and about the blind ambition they
It is indeed fascinating to see how one can so much aspire to a life that basically has
nothing to do with reality. Because you have to admit: you don’t cure illnesses with
a song, a good television show doesn’t unblock the toilets and adverts don’t
stop people from going hungry. Everybody wants to immerse oneself in another reality, and
everybody dreams of helping create this other reality.
Why do so many people aspire to this life? Why are there so few people who can still be
happy with ‘a normal’ existence? Why is television—that was once a source
of information in my youth—so desirous to pick on the so-called superficial nature of
the ‘ordinary’ man?
'it is my intention to show the cynicism that exists within
When I wrote Everybody Famous, I certainly never sought after giving my answer to these
questions. More than anything else I would like to communicate my fascination for this
world through the script and (hopefully) the film. On one side, I feel some kind of
emotion and sometimes even admiration for the ‘ordinary’ man who makes a
complete fool of himself during a singing contest or an ‘emo-talkshow’ and on
the other, there’s my hatred for programme makers who let this happen and try and be
successful by using other people’s misfortune.
In spite of the fact that the scenario of Everybody Famous tries to tell a story in a
humorous way it is my intention to show the cynicism that exists within the media.
Published: October 11, 2001