The acting careers of some well-known actors prove that things like being ugly or having acne scars may have no effect whatsoever on an acting career. Well, I suppose it could hurt someone who can barely act. The actors I’m going to spotlight, however, can definitely act.
I’m only going to concentrate on three actors: Edward James Olmos, Bill Murray and James Woods. I’m sure there are a few more actors who had acne problems in their youth, but these are the three I remember the most. No, I’m not going to mention any actresses because while some are ugly, I’ve never seen any getting away with having acne scars.
The first time I ever saw prominent acne scars was on the face of my American History teacher in high school, in Hawaii in 1976. I never mentioned it to him or anyone else because people can be very sensitive about skin disorders and the consequential scarring that can occur.
I didn’t know that acne scars could be completely removed with dermatologist abrasion equipment until a fellow military member showed me pictures of his face in the process of being fixed up while I was in the military in 1979. Yes, they can be removed, and without any telltale signs that the acne scars ever existed.
Although he was cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in 1977, I didn’t watch the show until 1981. I was in the military and rarely had time to watch TV. Saturday Night Live wasn’t high on my priority list at the time either.
I remember seeing the acne scars on Bill Murray’s face and wondering to myself why he didn’t just have the scars removed. I already knew by that time that various forms of acne treatment existed and I figured he could probably afford the most expensive treatment.
It doesn’t matter now. He has long list of film credits and he never hides his face.
The first movie I saw with James Woods in it was “Against All Odds”. Even though it was a 1984 movie, I didn’t see it until after I and my wife were married in 1985 and only on HBO.
I distinctly remember the acne scars he had at the time. My wife prodded me to rent “Videodrome” and I really didn’t notice the scars in that movie. Perhaps I was just too engrossed by the surrealism of the movie.
When I saw Edward James Olmos as Lieutenant Castillo on “Miami Vice” in 1984, I remembered my high school teacher. Their complexion was almost the same, although my teacher was of Hawaiian ancestry, not Mexican.
When he starred in the latest version of “Battlestar Galactica”, his acne scars weren’t even noticeable anymore.
Whenever I see actors that are old enough to have prominent wrinkles, their acne scars (if any) seem to blend in. That’s how I perceive all three of these actors now. When I see them on TV or in the movies, I don’t see the scars; I see the wrinkles of age.
I guess if you wait long enough, acne treatment is no longer required. Of course, aging will never disguise the effects of being ugly. How does that saying go? “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes all the way to the bone.”
By: RT Cunningham
November 13, 2013
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