There are certain realities that come with making it big in the entertainment industry. The positives are innumerable. The mansions, luxury cars, maids, jewelry and humongous bank accounts are all part of the game. These are the positive aspects of living in the public eye. However, as with most things, there are other aspects of a stardom that are not as enjoyable. Imagine if you will that every time you step outdoors there was a throng of people waiting for you, or not being able to go about your everyday duties without being recognized and having your privacy constantly infringed upon. It would be enough to drive most people into hiding.
As luck would have it, many celebrities are capable of dealing with the attention. There are even some who strive to increase the attention given to them. These stars enjoy having paparazzi following their every move with the stealth of a spy. That is not to say that this scrutiny has not caused some monumental dust ups even among those welcoming their space violators. Apparently everyone has a breaking point and longs to have a moment of peace.
As social media increases the capacity for instantaneous reporting has grown exponentially. The lives of celebrities have become even more public. It is not very difficult to understand why an increasing number of stars have decided to leave the spotlight and seek refuge away from the bright lights. What is interesting however is the fact that many of the reclusive stars can be considered masters of their craft. Whether they be comedic, action or dramatic actors, it seems like if you are a talented artist, no distance from Hollywood will be too great to prohibit you from getting regular work. What follows is a list of some of the best known artists who have made a conscious decision to attempt to live outside the bright lights of the Hollywood scene and have not really suffered for it.
5 Dave Chappelle: Comedic Farmer - Net Worth $30 Million
Even though most would not consider Dave Chapelle to be an actor he became famous for his TV show. Chappelle's show was somewhat of a phenomena. The comedian was a relatively well known comic having had a solid stand-up career and appearing various movies. Most of the roles he had were as secondary characters, but when he took matters into his own hands and began the Dave Chappelle Show. The show became wildly popular and the comedian quickly became a household name all while earning tons of money.
4 Joaquin Phoenix: Retirement - Net Worth $25 Million
Joaquin Phoenix was already known when he starred in Quills and Gladiator both of which garnered award nominations for the actor in 2000. This success propelled him onto larger leading roles. While his career and wealth rose, so did his issues with substance abuse. Not shying away from the Hollywood lifestyle, Phoenix eventually went into rehab to combat his alcoholism. Having lost his older brother River to drugs, the actor has first hand knowledge of the possible outcome to the path he was on.
3 Daniel Day Lewis: Woodworker and Cobbler- Net Worth $40 Million
2 Harrison Ford: Wyoming Retreat- Net Worth $200 Million
It is hard to imagine Harrison Ford being able to attain any amount of privacy in the US. He has been the leading character in two of the most popular movie franchises in American film history. It seems the days of star-trooping as Han Solo and hunting for archeological artifacts as Indiana Jones have given Ford his fill of adventure. No longer wanting to be part of the 'in crowd' of Hollywood, Ford and celebrity wife Calista Flockhart moved to one of the only places in the US where they could live un-bothered.
1 Johnny Depp: European Address - Net Worth $350 Million
Johnny Depp is one of the important leading men in Hollywood. He has shown his acting dexterity by portraying both serious characters, like George Jung in Blow and JM Barrie in Finding Neverland and off the wall characters like Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the mad hatter in Alice in Wonderland and Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Despite his high demand Depp has led a rather private life. Rather than embrace the bright lights of California, Depp has lived a fair amount of his life in Europe.
Even though Depp split from his French partner, Vanessa Paradis in 2012, he still maintains residences in Europe and steers clear of the overbearing fame that can be found in Hollywood. Depp himself proved his distaste for fame when he gave the following quote: “I'm shy, paranoid, whatever word you want to use. I hate fame. I've done everything I can to avoid it."
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