The last month has held some exciting news. Goren and Eames are coming back to Criminal Intent! It's as though the universe smiled upon me and gave me eight more chances to see my dream team together. As much as I love D'Onofrio's work, I'm a huge fan of him and Erbe together, and was nervously biting my nails as I waited the three weeks it took for her to sign her contract. But now it's done, and I'm anxiously awaiting the spring season.
In the last year, going through withdrawal of my two favorite detectives has been difficult.. I've been entertaining myself with the web. It's amazing the things you can see on the internet. It never ceases to amaze me some of the things people create in the name of fandom. I've kept up on articles about my two detectives, but have wandered onto some other fan sites that have been, well, interesting, to say the least. Most of them have made me laugh, because they're so overtly sexual in tone. I mean, entire posts and pages of pictures of D'Onofrio's crotch? Really? And great discussion about dimensions as well. I always wonder, if you really met him, is THAT what you'd be focused on? How would that go? "Hi, I'm (fill in the blank)...would you mind dropping 'em? Nice package."
When D'Onofrio and Erbe unceremoniously left CI (or were actually not invited back), irritation among fans was high. Several fans created a "binder project" with letters, drawings, etc. to show the actors their appreciation of their work over the years. Although I thought the idea in and of itself was a nice one in general, I didn't think it was appropriate in this case and here's why: both actors have dealt with stalkers. D'Onofrio was stalked and his life threatened by a stalker several years ago. Since then, he's exercised more caution for himself and his family. Just this past April, a man was arrested for stalking Kathryn Erbe and attempting to contact her and her family through facebook, among other means. He had stalked her on the set, had pictures taken of himself, Erbe, and his child together, then photoshopped his child out of the picture and posted pictures of him and Erbe together. As nice as the idea of letters of appreciation are, I can imagine that as a human being, your first reaction is to protect yourself and your family. The reality is a book full of devoted letters and drawings is bound to bring about anxiety along with appreciation.
Everyone's entitled to fantasy. Sure, if you want to take a bajillion photos of an actor and focus on his privates, knock yourself out. It's a free country, and I'll be honest--when I come across that stuff, I find it so silly I usually crack up. But I can't imagine for a minute actually looking a person in the eye and trying to have a conversation after spending extensive time cutting and pasting their privates all over the web.
So maybe fans should be just that--fans, being careful not to blur boundaries between an actor's work and reality.
Okay, off my soapbox now...enjoy your crotch viewing and have a nice day!