We’ve all seen things that just can’t be unseen. And they’re so horrid that it completely reshapes the way you look at the person involved in the unseeable moment.
Like the fact that Richard Dawkins looks just like Emma Watson.
Now that’s just an ocular/facial coincidence, and a perfect example of something you’re going to see for the rest of your life. But the kind of unforgettably unseeable things I’m talking about are of the NSFW variety.
Like walking in on your parents sexing it up, or opening the bathroom door and seeing your grandmother completely naked. Now if it was an acquaintance or a random person you walked in on, no harm, no foul. You can just go your merry way and hope you never see them again.
Or if they’re your film agent, you can just do what Hugh Grant did and fire them. Which is exactly what he did after he walked into his hotel bathroom and saw his agent’s anus.
The worst part of it all is that Grant admits his agent was really good at their job, which made the whole firing thing all the more difficult.
So what did Grant do after not having an agent? He pretended to be his own, and even came up with a fake name: James Howe Ealy. He maintained the practice for about three or four years, but went back to having an agent after accidentally signing his name as “Hugh” from his fake email account.
Grant’s not the only actor with strange non-agent practices. Bill Murray hasn’t had an agent for years and has people pitch him projects to a 1-800 number where people leave a voicemail.