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July 22, 2014

Rob Reiner: I Really Love Acting, Because Actors Have No Responsibilities At All and Can Just Treat Their Jobs Like a Party!

Maybe it's true.

But maybe it's not a smart thing to say, for a director.

A director of actors, I mean.

Ask Bronx native Rob Reiner about climbing out of the director's chair and stepping in front of the lens, and the man who earned five Golden Globe nominations for acting on CBS's "All in the Family" sitcom offers a broad smile.

"I love acting; it's fun. I don't have any responsibilities," Reiner told the New York Daily News about his latest directorial effort....

"To me, acting is like a party. It's like a fun thing to do. You don't have to worry. You don't have to agonize about anything."

He then complained that Hollywood doesn't make movies about "real people" anymore, which is, of course, almost completely true.

"They make three types of movies, and if you don't make one of those three, you have to find independent financing: It's either big-action superhero tent-pole thing or it's an animated film or it's an R-rated, raunchy sex comedy," he lamented. "They don't make movies about real people."

Reiner's latest movie is about a romance between Michael Douglas and Dianne Keaton, because he wants to return to making "the kind of movies that the public just doesn't want to see."

Okay I made that up. But, you know.

Here's an interesting story.

A husband and wife had not been having sex much lately. The husband, to illustrate this, took to plotting his Sex Requests, Achieved Sex, and Sex Turn-Downs on an Excel spreadsheet, and presented it to his wife.

Over the course of the past 7 weeks, he'd asked for sex 27 times, and had been turned down 24. He had sex three times.

The wife presented this to some forum and it became fodder on Reddit.

Mollie Hemingway strikes out for the first time by taking the woman's position way too much, and her husband sells out the male race by telling her "You're right, I have thought about complaining about this or that, but I should just put that energy into improving myself," or words to that effect.

What a betrayal of Team Man.

Anyway, I won't go into what I think too much, as this is such a sensitive topic and everyone has fairly strong opinions on it.

I will say that I saw the Reddit people discussing this and I thought one made a pretty good point: The woman's position was that she was in a "busy period" and that sex just wasn't convenient.

However, for any working adults -- especially with children -- it will always be a busy period. Saying you can't have sex during a busy period is pretty much just saying you can't have sex except on vacation, one or two weeks a year. (And most vacations, involving travel, are themselves very physically tiring, and will themselves produce a lot of reasons why sex is not convenient.)

Sure, the guy's spreadsheet is a bit much, of course.

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