Generally speaking, I’m pro-Meta. Okay, well, I’m all for what I think it is, frankly, I’m not 100% sure if there’s an agreed upon definition. Something about twisting “reality” around into a very obvious unreality so as to bring forth a kind of reality. Authors writing fiction about characters with their own real names remains fine by me for the time being.
I’ve decided, though, that actors should generally avoid any attempts at meta. In the last number of years it’s become more and more common for actors to “poke fun” at themselves in any venue they can – going on Saturday Night Live right after some scandal, playing “themselves” on some sitcom where they’re usually portrayed as an ass. This was funny for a little while, but now I’m just thinking it’s not much more than an attempt at reverse psychology, like, “Oooh, look at me, I’m a good sport, I’m willing to [insert ‘exaggerated’ ridiculous movie star behavior here], because I know that you know I’m not really like this wink wink” but you know, I think we all know they kind of really are like that, sometimes worse, and I think they know it and I think we know it, but I don’t think they think we really do know it, I think they think they’re pulling a fast one on us and I’m not really having it.