Out of all the unseemly things that seem to repeat in the world of Hollywood, one of the most fascinating is how male directors frequently fall for their leading actress. We've seen it so often that it seems to remove any of the stigmas of the male director being deemed a dirty old (or perhaps young or middle age) man. It even goes as far back as the silent era when Charlie Chaplin couldn't seem to control himself from bedding a lead actress he personally chose for his masterpiece films.
It's not that Hollywood isn't aware of its past with this problem, particularly now with two upcoming movies depicting Alfred Hitchcock's unrequited obsessions with his leading ladies. Yet in the world of the Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders affair, we have a much more careless type of tryst that seems to prove this situation as being more than random chance. There seems to be a default scenario in place that builds a compulsive love between a director and the actress he lovingly films behind the camera lens.
Beyond director-actress affairs, the once more consistent Hollywood affair was between a fellow actor and actress. These affairs were based off of movie fantasy, creating a lust that soon wore off when filming ended and reality was regained. You don't hear about those affairs often any more, possibly because actors and actresses are more aware of how flaming chemistry in a movie can only stay in the cinematic universe.
With directors and actresses, you sometimes have a Svengali relationship that mostly goes on slightly outside the perimeters of the film set. This usually involves meetings behind the scenes in secret locales to discuss the depth of a character or other acting issues. And it's there where the flame of an affair likely ignites.
Not that we know for sure, but the chances are good that Kristen Stewart was able to spend more quality time with Rupert Sanders on the set of "Snow White and the Huntsman" than she could with Robert Pattinson. We have to give the benefit of the doubt to Hollywood's talent that they don't just latch onto an affair based on physical attraction and more by how they click intellectually. When you see the age difference between Stewart and Sanders, you can't say they were attracted based on physicality.
If anything, give points to Stewart for realizing that on her own when some may think her relationship with Pattinson is too obvious and the most vacuous in Tinseltown. Stewart and Sanders may have ultimately proven that a male director and his lead actress have an intellectual connection that's easily set up for a potential long-term relationship. Call it a warning to other actresses who have a high-profile relationship with a fellow actor that involves a large time apart due to filming.
The unfortunate end to it all, however, is pain and separation on both sides, even if Stewart and Sanders possibly have something going for them. Yes, it demands a movie detailing and analyzing the complications this can bring, even if a director and actress working on a film about a similar situation could end up bringing new meaning to life imitating art.
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