DISHING DIVA Exclusive! Zach Galligan to Justin Bieber — Stop Trying to Be Chris Brown!By Dishing Diva | June 11, 2013 | Dish!, Entertainment
Zach Galligan, the ’80s teen heartthrob from Gremlins, returns to the big screen this week in the new movie Hatchett III. Being a former teen idol himself, Zach has a message for Justin Bieber ΓÇô stop trying to be Chris Brown!
Dishing spoke exclusively with Zach, who will walk the red carpet at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, Calif. tonight for the film’s premiere. He told Dish that he’s been following Justin “very closely, because I was 19 when I broke through too.”
Zach blames Justin’s erratic behavior as of late — which includes attacking a photographer and tweeting pics of a fan’s bra — as the 19-year-old pop star’s attempt to get some serious street cred.
“He wants to be seen a certain way, but he’s not that way, so he’s kind of forcing it,” Zach theorizes. “He’s trying to pretend he’s something that he’s not, and he’s having a rough time of it.
“He’s wants to be taken seriously as having street cred, and I think he wants to transition and move into a R&B category, which is why he hangs out with these guys like Lil Twist and Lil Za.
“He’s smoking weed, wearing the backwards baseball cap and taking his shirt off, because I think he kind of wants to be like Chris Brown, but thatΓÇÖs impossible because he’s a cute little white kid, and he doesn’t come from any difficult, urban background, no matter how much he tries to convince us that he does.”
Zach can speak freely on the trials and tribulations a teen on the brink of a adulthood goes through. Along with his personal experiences of being a boy-to-man star, the 49-year-old actor teaches the craft to young actors enrolled in the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. “Young actors I see today are unbelievably impatient and pretty set on having things happen right away,” he shares.
“With very few exceptions, it doesn’t really happen that way. You really have to take learn to take rejection and be extremely resilient. It’s a life choice, rather than a temporary one,” Zach advises.
For Justin’s sake, let’s hope the singer learns some patience and common sense, and taps into his talent versus a would-be bad boy rep.
Catch Zach in his new movie, Hatchett III, opening this Friday, June 14.
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