Got some Breaking Bad merch that you’d like Bryan Cranston to sign? Bad luck – he will not be signing on any time soon.
“After 18 years of signing everything for the fans – I’m retiring”, the star announced on social media, complaining he was “overwhelmed by requests”.
The actor said that he liked meeting fans” and “customize” pix “in person”. “But that’s all,” he insisted.
“Thank you for your understanding,” the 61-year-old concluded. “See you on the street – we’re going to take a selfie!”
Cranston is one of a number of celebrities that have sworn off giving autographs, which can have a monetary value.
Professional autograph hunters are often the first, and other events, the collection of celebrity doodles on the memories.
Yet, there are stars who prefer to give autographs to take selfies, which can be both time-consuming and intrusive.
If you ever find yourself in their neighborhood, here is a selection of notables who have expressed a preference.
Ten years ago, Ringo Starr has declared that he would no longer sign memorabilia for fans and that he was going to throw away all fan mail he received.
“I warn you of peace and love, I have too much things to do,” said the recently knighted former Beatle, who was 77 last year.
Starr said the measure was “in direct response to an inordinate amount of items which have recently appeared for sale on eBay.”
“I was signing and then they were on eBay the next day,” the drummer rued in an interview two years later. “So, I decided, I think I’ve done my share.”
At the height of his fame, comedian Steve Martin has been so inundated with requests for autographs from fans that he had custom business cards printed for the hijack.
“This certifies that you have had a personal encounter with me and that you found me warm, polite, intelligent and funny,” read the cards, which has also kept a copy of the Roxanne as the star of the signature.
Jonah Hill has also been reported to have used the tactic, although the cards that he would have provided were a little less flattering to the Superbad and Moneyball star.
“I just met Jonah Hill,” the card in question would have read. “It is a total disappointment.”
Emma Watson is not opposed to giving fans an autograph – but she draws the line at the stop for a selfie.
“If someone takes a photo of me and posts it, within a period of two seconds, they have created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters,” said the star of beauty and the Beast and Harry Potter movies.
“I carefully choose my moment to interact,” she told Vanity Fair last year. “Children, I do not say, for example.”
Bill Murray is going to give you an autograph if you ask them to, but it will not necessarily be his name, he signs it.
While playing a Pro-Am golf tournament in 2015, the Groundhog Day star has used a permanent blue marker pen to sign Miley Cyrus name on an autograph of the applicant front.
Last year, Murray generously exchanged autographs in return for $20(£14) donations to the Puerto Rico relief fund.
When a man offered him a measly $3 (£2.10) for his signature, the 67-year-old was filmed saying “go get a job and come back”.
Grime star JME – real name Jamie Adenuga – revealed in 2015, he has a ready answer for someone to ask him for a photo.
“I can take a selfie JME?” tweeted MC, whose big brother is the Mercury Prize-winner Skepta. “Yeah, if you have my music on the phone, you can.”
Actress Shannon purser, meanwhile, have leapt to the defence of his strange Things co-star Finn Wolfhard after he was criticized for not stopping for photographs outside of his hotel.
“No actor is under no obligation to stop for anyone,” she tweeted last year. “Finn is an incredibly kind man. But he is human and he needs breaks too.”
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