Cameron Diaz

This may be a bit of a non-sequitor, but I was watching one of those personality profile shows on E! or something about Cameron Diaz the other day. I suppose I've always been a fan of hers, although not rabidly so. But some of the comments made on the TV program about her career choices struck me as a bit...off. So I thought I'd share my take, since I know you are all leaning precipitously on the edge of your collective seats to hear it.

Of course everyone knows, or at least everyone who cares, that Cameron Diaz's first movie role was starring opposite Jim Carey in The Mask. A pretty big movie, and certainly got her noticed by a lot of people. The TV show I was watching made it sound like after The Mask, she didn't get any more big offers and got stuck with parts in small independent movies. It's always been my understanding that she had plenty of major motion picture options, and chose to go the independent route to get a little more experience before trying to get lightening to strike twice.

Regardless of reasoning, her second movie was the Last Supper. The television show portrayed this as a good role, but not seen by many people. Well, it was an independent film and I don't think it was released all that widely, but plenty of people saw this movie. Including me. And if you haven't, you should.

Frankly the Cameron Diaz independent and quirky fare is a lot more interesting than Charlie's Angels. Some critics didn't like it, but for my money A Life Less Ordinary is what the romantic comedy genre should be. Dark. Funny. Often mean. Yet with the payoff at the end that keeps you coming back for more.

And of course who couldn't love Being John Malkovich. Every time I pop that movie in the DVD player I find myself totally surprised that Cameron Diaz is in it. Certainly not the stereotypical Cameron Diaz character. But then again, Charlie Kaufman is the most original and inventive screenwriter to hit mainstream Hollywood in quite a while.

And of course if you do like the more accessable lighter Diaz fare, you really need to see The Sweetest Thing. It's sort of like Something About Mary - only set in San Francisco.  And with glory holes.

I'm not sure what the point of all this rambling is...I suppose just to point out that I don't think it was ever the case that Cameron Diaz couldn't get roles or was stuck in indie-land. I think those role choices were conscious decisions and good decisions in my opinion. Hot blondes are a dime a dozen, but pulling off those off-kilter roles shows some real talent.

My two cents.