King Kong: Fame Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
Kong of the 1933 hit "King Kong" was doing just fine on Skull Island. No, he wasn't rich or famous, but he had everything he really needed: food, shelter, dinosaurs to fight, sacrificial maidens to play with.
Then along comes a big-shot movie director promising fame and fortune and, before he knows it, Kong's drugged and shipped off to New York – a story surely familiar to many an aspiring actor. The director knows that if Kong can make it there, he can make it anywhere. And indeed, Kong does make it—to the top of the Empire State Building, where he's promptly gunned down by a squadron of biplanes.
The chance to be famous has always haunted the American dream. And, in an age fraught with reality TV and YouTube, fame seems so much more attainable for most of us. Back in the day, we had to be really, really good at something. These days, you–um, don't. And really, who among us wouldn't want to be the next…Jon Gosselin?
But as we pursue fame, it's good to remember Kong's example: sometimes it's better to be a live, happy gorilla away from the bright lights, than a dead one in them.