“They just offered me ‘Celebrity Rehab,’ ” David Faustino, TV’s Bud Bundy, said with a sigh on the phone from his Los Angeles home this month. He has, he assured, no addiction to speak of, save for an affection for smoking weed. But these sorts of shows, the ones that debase willing celebrities long past their twilight, get offered to him all the time. “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here”: turned that one down too.
Hollywood second acts have changed, though. They now typically involve the immolation of the star’s legacy, however thin, in favor of a new fame predicated on the death of the old one. Which got these two actors, angling for a comeback, to thinking: How can we best exploit ourselves before the only option left is to be exploited by others?
After several years of bit roles and stretches of financial and personal tumult, they have lately begun to find answers. They formed a production company, F.N.B. Entertainment (with a partner, Todd Bringewatt), to develop “ideas that wouldn’t be career ruiners,” Mr. Nemec said.
Great article about how hard it is for good guys (i.e. not the Spencer and Heidi-type) to get a showbiz career going after doing a well-known show/movie without lowering themselves to appearing in reality TV shows.