We typically fawn over and idolize actors and musicians, but we’re pointing our jelly-beams in the wrong direction. Middle Eastern royalty is where it’s at. Aside from, you know, all the [politics stuff]. Fresh off of reports about Kanye playing at the birthday party of the grandson of Kazakhstan President for $3 million dollars from last week, comes this tidbit from the New York Times (via).
Talking to Harvey Weinstein at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he is promoting 12.12.12, the hurricane Sandy relief concert film, they relayed a story about the relationship between fame and power that is creepy as hell, but has a happy ending!
One story involved the actress Kristen Stewart. Mr. Weinstein described persuading her to accept an offer from a Middle Eastern prince, who said he would make a large contribution to the Sandy relief effort if she would speak with him.
“How much?” Ms. Stewart asked, according to Mr. Weinstein.
He checked with the prince, who proposed a figure, which Mr. Weinstein promptly raised to $500,000.
The money was delivered in advance, in cash, Mr. Weinstein said.
Mr. Dolan locked it up in Madison Square Garden, he said. “And Kristen sits with the guy for 15 minutes.”
$500,000 to sit with K-Stew for 15 minutes? My man in Kazakhstan is starting to look like he got a bargain compared to that. At least Kanye performed. Although now that I think of it, “sitting there for 15 minutes” pretty much counts as a Kristen Stewart performance, so maybe the math here checks out.