Most actors have a public and a private persona. The public persona is their brand, how they show themselves to the world, and how they get more roles, recognition, and exposure. Good actors have a consistent and reliable brand, so endorsement deals, roles, and commercial work can have their consistent star power on their packaging. An actors private persona is when the paparazzi have gone, they are at home or in repose, and they are not “performing” or being in character. Having a “private” persona means they can rent hotel rooms, cars, and charge meals without revealing their true identities. It allows them to have a life outside their famous identity.
A professional actor will have a consistent brand. They will be in character, have measured behaviors (as their fans come to expect), and deliver reliable performances and numerous public relations work (appearances) for their studios/TV/Stage gigs. Promotion is an important part of the business, and most professional actors have a team of people managing their social media, Paparazzi, and public relations.
Alan Chenkin, Learned about celebrities reading magazines at the supermarket checkout
Both of these Actors have enviable careers, and some visible and career-making roles. Having said that, I will look at their stats and take a look at both their statistics and IMDB write-ups. That should be heading in the right direction.
I will give my answer at the end.
Here are the Stats, Starting with Eddie Redmayne:
Box office draw for Eddie:
Lifetime Gross Total (9): $514,312,245 Average: $57,145,805
Opening Gross Average (4): $32,065,139 (Wide Releases Only) 
Ben has more work under his belt, therefore more visibility and money. Money, as we know, is how Hollywood keeps score.
Who do I like more? I am a fan of Benedict Cumberbatch. I know more of his work than Redmayne, (Who is also a fine actor), and have enjoyed his unique persona and roles as Sherlock (Holmes) and Khan, in Star Trek.
Remember, that this is a personal choice. I enjoy actors who play their roles well, and make a good impression on the audience.
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There is a scholarly article by Moshe Adler Published in the The American Economic Review, “Stardom and Talent” made the unsettling claim that fame could just be a matter of luck. Even an insignificant incident (like the unauthorized release of a sex tape) could escalate into superstardom by a sort of positive feedback loop: The more famous an entertainer becomes, the more readily you can talk about her with your friends; the more she gets talked about, the more her fame expands. The Article can be found here: http://www.uvm.edu/pdodds/files/…
Keep in mind that the Kardashians work at their media coverage as hard as any business; They are backed by money and get a lot of coverage, sponsorship, and attention. Paparazzi can sell their pictures for big money, and their images and antics sell TV spots, Fan Magazines, cosmetics, clothing, and more.
We would all like to see Olympians, Shakespearean actors, and Nobel prize winners as our hero’s – but money and publicists can trump accomplishment with, you guessed it, The Kardashians.
If your last role was a dog, or even if the film was not well received, your career can nosedive.
In addition, what you read about what roles she was considering may be the creation of her agent’s PR firm, to keep her brand in the news.
Michelle Pfeiffer turned down a string of known films that included: Casino, Mamma Mia, Evita, The Grifters, Basic Instinct, The Silence of the Lambs, Original Sin, Dick Tracy, Bugsy, Thelma and Louise, Casino Royale, A Prairie Home Companion, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Double Jeopardy, Catwoman, Pretty Woman, Chicago, Working Girl, Mystic River, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Against the Ropes, The Blue Lagoon, To Die For, Pulp Fiction, Lorenzo’s Oil, Still Alice, Adventures in Babysitting, Batman, Under The Tuscan Sun, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
Agents and producers also consider box office draw, which governs movie budgets and casting choices. Some actors will take almost any role, just to “keep working”. This is not always the best strategy, but it does create some prolific actors. Other actors specialize in quirky roles, while Michelle Pfeiffer seems to pick roles that fit with her career direction, and has a sizable body of work.
So here we have a start. Become a street actor. Perform in front of your friends. Ask people to review your bits – and don’t stop… Keep going! Get a side gig (like juggling or performing at Chuck E cheese – something, anything, even remotely acting – you have to support yourself until the paying roles start), and keep working on your skills.
Put your acting chops out there on social media. Have a friend film you, even with a cell phone, and post it on instagram, or tumblr, or facebook. Don’t stop! seek out other actors, ask how they started. Go to casting agents, submit your headshot (yes, you need one) and ask if there are parts available. Opportunity is out there, you just get to it before anyone else!
Break a leg! And yes, I want your autographed headshot for my wall!
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Alan Chenkin, Learned about celebrities reading magazines at the supermarket checkout.
It is not uncommon for studios to cast actors based on their “box-office draw”, and not suitability for a particular part, script, or co-stars. Based on this, you will often wonder “why did this actor get this role”?
Even though this is a personal question, the audience response and box office often tell the story of casting gone wrong. Here are some articles from the web, with interesting commentary – bear in mind it is not my opinion but the authors.
Some actors always play the same character regardless of the story or casting, and others are good actors who are in a role that they can’t believably play. Some actors take on any role, just to “prove” to the world how great their skills are, like John Travolta in Hairspray, as adolescent girl Edna Turnblad.
Sometimes you just have to try and enjoy the show, even if the casting, and the acting, falls short of your expectations!
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It is not Hypocritical at all. Everyone has a moment when they feel the need to participate in causes they feel strongly about. Figures who are in the public eye often gloss over many public events, so they don’t potentially alienate their fans.
Ms. Swift is very open about her ability to influence people, and restrains from political controversy intentionally; She does not want to exert undue influence on an election, or have her fans change their opinions because they want to vote like her, and not on issues.
Some fans “called her out” on this tweet, Stating that “you don’t get to pick and choose only when feminism benefits you”.
Despite fans and tabloids clamoring for more Taylor Swift, it is commendable that she tries to keep a sense of propriety and privacy on public issues, after all, she is a top shelf entertainer, and not a political hack.
All actors need to be able to deal with rejection, and it almost always is leaked to the press or paparazzi as they feed on the emotion and drama of the event. Past failures are newsworthy stories. Publicists, PR hacks, studios, and reporters clamor for any “news”, good or bad, to feed to the hungry fans.
The important takeaway is that rejection is part of life, and in the acting profession, a “Thick Skin” is necessary armor for those moments when you have to deal with not getting the job, or when horrible photos of you get hated on in the media, or your clothing off-set is found amusing or repugnant by critics. Rebounding, brushing it off, and moving on are required skills in a profession that judges and often manipulates all the time. Actors and celebrities know and live the meaning of “laughing on the outside, crying on the inside”.