People hunger for the heroic.
Not the high achiever (necessarily), but the person who can peer behind the veil, if only a little bit, and understand the universe more deeply. We forgive that person anything because they are more than we are.
Instead we’re stuck with movie stars, athletes and politicians, who we invest with our dreams. But then we punish them savagely for their human failings. We hate them because, in the end, they turn out to be just like us.