God forbid I should be called a celeb-hound but of the hundred or so folks I follow on Twitter, there are a number of celebrities. Chefs, footballers (ahem, soccer players) and a few TV presenters who I happen to know are lovely human beings. Twitter is a useful networking tool and good way for writers to get feedback from our audience. Also, for famous folks to get feedback from their fans…but then there are the attention whores. They’re the ones who can craft an interesting tweet that would illicit not only a read but a retweet and/or reply. Well don’t hold your breath for that question to get answered or even acknowledged. They don’t care what you think, only that you’re thinking about them and their daily banalities. If Facebook is an exercise in narcissism for everyday people, then Twitter is über-narcissism for celebrities. That is, except for the ones like Mr. Anson Mount.
He first popped up on my Twitter feed as the subject of a cheeky but supportive tweet from Alan Cumming. Then again, in an amusing ‘argument’ with Common (Scott McKnight!) and that’s when I decided to start following him. I had no idea what I was in for. At first glance, Mr. Mount is the chief starboy of AMC’s western series Hell on Wheels, which just completed their first season and has been renewed for a second. At the next glance, he’s been consistently employed and occupied since his first acting gig in 1999 (according to IMDB). After following him on Twitter, you discover that he’s a Renaissance man who spends his downtime feeding unquenchable thirsts for art, music, travel and other commendable pursuits, like teaching and working. I won’t say much more but encourage you to satisfy any curiosity you may now have about this Tennessean and follow this dude – seriously.
Like most of the Twitterati (celebs and commoners alike) he’ll post photos of where he is or what he’s doing. However, despite having over 3,500 followers, he answers people’s questions ranging from which NYC art exhibit would be worth seeing or where to get a solid drink in New Orleans. Mind you, these are RT answers so all his followers will see responses. Mr. Mount writes about video games, food or whatever’s that day’s topic-du-jour but don’t try his patience. He ascribes to the School of ‘Ask a stupid question and you’ll get a stupid answer.’ He’s usually cordial, humorous, knowledgeable, grounded and cheeky but…
This is not a bad thing because he’s not pandering for attention. He’s giving complete strangers a look into his private life. This is a privilege, not a right. At this stage, I don’t follow anyone on Twitter I don’t respect. This is why I call him Mr. Mount because you’ve just got to respect the man and his superlative Twitter activity; proving daily that just because you’re famous doesn’t mean you check your intellect at the door.
For the record, I only briefly liked his Facebook page because I’m an admirer but not a fan and that’s where they gather to worship. They’re lovely people who think he’s the best thing since sliced bread. Some of them have been supporting his career from the early days but that’s not me. I only wish him well and hope he doesn’t block me after reading this. Cheers!
Edit dated November 11, 2012:
In the wake of Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy, Mr. Mount and his friends have been going to Rockaway Park every single day in order to help, every single day. In addition, he’s been chronicling their experiences on his Facebook page. Not only do I follow him now on Facebook, but highly recommend that you share his stories with your friends, simply because this is a first-hand account that you probably won’t see on the evening news. Well done, Mr. Mount and co. – One Opinionated Woman