Newsweek gathered up some nominees for their 13th annual Oscar roundtable. The group therapy session included Best Actor nominees Brad Pitt, Frank Langella, Mickey Rourke, Best Supporting Actor nom Robert Downey Jr., Anne Hathaway, who is up for Best Actress, and Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins from Happy-Go-Lucky, who was just there to chill.
One of our favorite questions posed to the actors: “Do any of you guys ever Google yourself?”
Brad Pitt immediately replied, “Dear God. No. Never. First of all, I don't really know how to operate a computer.” We’re inclined to believe him—it’s probably impossible to get any computer time with Maddox on there Googling weapons all the time.
Almost everyone else—Hathaway, Hawkins, Langella—also chimed in with their own no ways. Rourke said nothing. But leave it to RDJ to fess up to the truth:
“Oh, I love all that s--t, personally. Sorry. I love just it. Because it's a hoot. Some people overstate their support, like they know you. Other people are busy doing something else and just want to go on this chat site and say some despicable character assassination, which I honestly think they kind of nailed it. I do have that shortcoming. It's really fun.”
This inspired Anne to stop pretending she was above a little self-Googling and admit:
"OK, I have a confession. I lied before when you asked if I Googled myself. I do. I'm embarrassed by it because I know how terrible it is...For a while, it cracked me up. I found a ton of humor in it. But recently it's changed. There's a big difference now where information is being reported as news. And I'm very uncomfortable with that. And what you were saying, Brad—and God knows you deal with it worse than anyone—the idea that you blink your eyes and it's all over the Internet? It's a strange thing to be part of."
From there, the discussion went on to the publicity machine that Hollywood has become and how annoying it is to deal with.
But since this really is Obama's week, let's see what the gang had to say about that...
Whereas RDJ won the Google round, Mickey Rourke took the Obama round by brushing off the topic with the following: "I don’t get with all that—I’m not qualified in that area. I leave it up to the rest of you people."
There are enough videos courtesy of Newsweek to spend a whole afternoon with this chatty group of famous people, so check them out here!