Thursday, August 10, 2006

I'll Make You A Star, Kid
By PopCultureWhore

New York Magazine has a hard-hitting look at being a celebrity in the Big Apple. Apparently, celebrities are EVERYWHERE! You can’t partake in a back alley crack deal without tripping over Naomi Watts, Maggie Gyllenhaal or even Regis. But for those of us without a carefully trained celeb eye or the ability to spend afternoons strolling through the West Village and SoHo, paparazzi photographers supply us with a much needed fix. But just who are these stalker shutterbugs? They are the rather unattractive and creepy young gentlemen you see below, whose shots have sometimes made them more money than the celebrities they photograph might earn on a single film.

Leigh Green

Green made $20,000 for shots of Celine Dion swimming with the dolphins on vacation. He also snapped pictures of Pink’s Costa Rican wedding by enlisting another pap to head to the beach and pretend to be a gay couple. He says that everyone has made money off of Britney Spears and that Jennifer Aniston is an “asshole.” If I knew this schlub was making thousands by taking my picture, I might be an asshole too.

Frank Ross

Frankie-poo claims to be very street smart and says he trolls supermarkets, restaurants and parks frequented by celebs. He captured the first candid shots of Julia Roberts’ twins. Shots that don’t make money? Jude Law, Sean Penn, John Travolta, Robert Downey Jr., Tobey Maguire and a solo Leonardo DiCaprio.

Steve Sands

Sands made between $500,000 to $750,000 for the first shots of Gwenyth Paltrow’s baby Apple. He says the star e-mailed him to say that she was having the baby and invited him to come shoot her.

Lawrence Schwartzwald

Lawrence made five figures for a winking Lindsay Lohan shopping on Madison Ave. the day after he dad was thrown in jail. He’s been injured by Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson’s security detail and split his lip while chasing Madge.

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