Samuel Johnson (known for his Dictionary) wrote to a wannabe patron, Lord Chesterfield, in 1755
"Seven years, my lord, have now past since I waited in your outward rooms or was repulsed from your door, during which time I have been pushing on my work through difficulties of which it is useless to complain, and have brought it at last to the verge of publication without one act of assistance, one word of encouragement, or one smile of favour. Such treatment I did not expect, for I never had a patron before. . . . Is not a patron, my lord, one who looks with unconcern on a man struggling for life in the water, and when he has reached ground, encumbers him with help? The notice which you have been pleased to take of my labours, had it been early, had been kind: but it has been delayed till I am indifferent and cannot enjoy it; till I am solitary and cannot impart it; till I am known and do not want it."
Apparently, wanting to share the limelight when you haven't been there in the dark times has a long history. (Note, by the way, that Will Smith's short, punchy words reflect the difference between Johnson's more leisurely time and style, and ours.)