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Brett Ratner writes an apology letter and resigns as producer for the Oscars

Nov. 8, 2011by: Niki Stephens

Recently, our own Mike Sampson did an interview with TOWER HEIST director, Brett Ratner. While I know that a lot of us get douche vibes from him, it's not like we know him on a personal level.

However, he does say a lot of "insert foot in mouth" shit. Like the other day he said that "rehearsal is for fags" and even gave some details into his sex life on the Howard Stern Show. Last week, he talked about how he banged Olivia Munn then forgot about her. There was also something about shrimp cocktail and masturbation.

Well, it looks like all his shenanigans, especially the rehearsal comment have caused some major waves in the entertainment community. In response to this, Ratner has written an open apology letter on his actions and gives his resignation as producer for the Oscars.

Academy President Tom Sherak responded to Ratner's actions, "He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself. Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent."

Read the apology below:

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few days, Ive gotten a well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most in this industry expressing their outrage and disappointment over the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances. To them, and to everyone Ive hurt and offended, Id like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.

As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world. So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and itpains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesnt count for much if what comesout of your mouth is ugly and bigoted.

With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry Ive so foolishly perpetuated. As a first step, I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career.

But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents. I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.

Sincerely,

Brett Ratner

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9:23AM on 11/10/2011

haha

I was so close to forgetting about Munn too, but now this article just brought her up and I remember again.
I was so close to forgetting about Munn too, but now this article just brought her up and I remember again.
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9:39PM on 11/09/2011
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3:11PM on 11/10/2011
Then you better get on that manos.
Then you better get on that manos.
12:07AM on 11/11/2011
ok!
ok!
6:26PM on 11/11/2011
Since your retaliation is a your mom joke, then you must be 13 year old jackass, correct?
Since your retaliation is a your mom joke, then you must be 13 year old jackass, correct?
12:40AM on 11/12/2011
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3:46AM on 11/12/2011
I got the joke. I just didn't find it funny.
I got the joke. I just didn't find it funny.
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6:24PM on 11/09/2011
A person can say "fag" and at the same time not have any kind of bigotry or negative bias against the LGBT community.

"Gay", "homo" and "fag" are hilarious words with a plethora of meanings. His statement should have read, "I didn't mean it like that. Mkay?"
A person can say "fag" and at the same time not have any kind of bigotry or negative bias against the LGBT community.

"Gay", "homo" and "fag" are hilarious words with a plethora of meanings. His statement should have read, "I didn't mean it like that. Mkay?"
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1:47AM on 11/10/2011
You sir are wrong.
You sir are wrong.
2:58PM on 11/10/2011
I agree with jsin.atomic. You can't throw out "nigger" even though it originally had more than one meaning. "Fag" is JUST as unacceptable.
I agree with jsin.atomic. You can't throw out "nigger" even though it originally had more than one meaning. "Fag" is JUST as unacceptable.
9:27AM on 11/11/2011
no your right remember when fag belonged to the straight folks to through around at their friends without backlash? the brits use it all the time for many different things. smokes especially. your not in the wrong here man kudos for saying it on this site where most people attack you if your not part of there agenda
no your right remember when fag belonged to the straight folks to through around at their friends without backlash? the brits use it all the time for many different things. smokes especially. your not in the wrong here man kudos for saying it on this site where most people attack you if your not part of there agenda
12:35PM on 11/11/2011
Countem, what the hell are you talking about? No one attacked anyone here and I certainly have no agenda- other than not being discriminated against and having to hear the word "fag" get thrown around by a bunch of hetero-tards who have no idea what they are talking about (yes, NOW, I'm attacking you.) You try being a discriminated minority instead of a bigot, and see how YOU like having HATE SPEECH slung at you an ANY form. Because, even if that's not what it USED TO BE, that's what it has
Countem, what the hell are you talking about? No one attacked anyone here and I certainly have no agenda- other than not being discriminated against and having to hear the word "fag" get thrown around by a bunch of hetero-tards who have no idea what they are talking about (yes, NOW, I'm attacking you.) You try being a discriminated minority instead of a bigot, and see how YOU like having HATE SPEECH slung at you an ANY form. Because, even if that's not what it USED TO BE, that's what it has become now. But you het's are creative- come up with a new word to use. Or is that "too gay"?
2:49PM on 11/09/2011
Uwe Boll probably has a giant smile on his face right now.
Uwe Boll probably has a giant smile on his face right now.
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2:44PM on 11/09/2011
here is how the rat's letter should have read "i am sorry for everything i have ever done that the public had to pay,witness,or hear about.by showing you how sorry i am i will kill McG then shoot myself in the head,i promise this will be everyones favorite rat film."
here is how the rat's letter should have read "i am sorry for everything i have ever done that the public had to pay,witness,or hear about.by showing you how sorry i am i will kill McG then shoot myself in the head,i promise this will be everyones favorite rat film."
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1:47PM on 11/09/2011
I dont feel he needed to appologize to the world but only for a career move i understand. I personally feel people should be more secure of who they are in themselves to not be offended by one individuals remarks that were intended to NOT be offensive to a certain preference group. He simply used what the average citizen of this social cultures behaviors. The average american uses the term. but because it was telecast it makes him the villain? SMH...he was expressing himself honestly and i
I dont feel he needed to appologize to the world but only for a career move i understand. I personally feel people should be more secure of who they are in themselves to not be offended by one individuals remarks that were intended to NOT be offensive to a certain preference group. He simply used what the average citizen of this social cultures behaviors. The average american uses the term. but because it was telecast it makes him the villain? SMH...he was expressing himself honestly and i respect that more than frown upon it, but as a smart career move this letter had to be. You know how it gets in hollywood
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2:46PM on 11/09/2011
i agree he should have apologized for his body of work to date
i agree he should have apologized for his body of work to date
3:02PM on 11/10/2011
I disagree with you both on this, because words like that are just as bad as words like "nigger", "spick", or "chink". Maybe it's because I'm gay AND latin american, but I feel more repessed by fag than I do by "wetback." Just saying.


However, coutem is totally right about owing us an apology for every one of his films we wasted money on.
I disagree with you both on this, because words like that are just as bad as words like "nigger", "spick", or "chink". Maybe it's because I'm gay AND latin american, but I feel more repessed by fag than I do by "wetback." Just saying.


However, coutem is totally right about owing us an apology for every one of his films we wasted money on.
1:47PM on 11/09/2011
score another victory for the politically correct police.
score another victory for the politically correct police.
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12:30PM on 11/09/2011
Brett Ratner can write?
Brett Ratner can write?
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12:50PM on 11/09/2011
Brett Ratner's assistant can write.
Brett Ratner's assistant can write.
2:48PM on 11/09/2011
Psygote thats funny shit. true but funny. thanks for the laugh
Psygote thats funny shit. true but funny. thanks for the laugh
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9:00AM on 11/09/2011

maybe its just me

but honestly I'm glad he appologized for his recent actions, but honestly i had no idea that fag was a slur against the homosexuals, i have never heard it that way, i always heard it as a term used to describe inconsiderate people, ironically people who use the term would themselves be fags by definition.
in the end though i appreciate that even though it might not seem his words, it is his actions, and he seems like a decent enough guy who just needed to be told no. in the end i like the
but honestly I'm glad he appologized for his recent actions, but honestly i had no idea that fag was a slur against the homosexuals, i have never heard it that way, i always heard it as a term used to describe inconsiderate people, ironically people who use the term would themselves be fags by definition.
in the end though i appreciate that even though it might not seem his words, it is his actions, and he seems like a decent enough guy who just needed to be told no. in the end i like the appology, i liked his ammends, and i liked x3 not as much as the others, but i didn't hate as much as others seem to
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9:42AM on 11/09/2011
Maybe this will help put it into context. The word fag is an old English term. You see, it's what they used to call a bundle of kindling.

Back in the day, when they burned Witches, they held gay men in lower respect than the withes, so they used them as kindling to start the fire to burn the witches. Hence the slang term. It's actually quite a cruel term if you know the history.

The British slang "fag" being used for cigarette comes from the same "bundle of kindling" refference
Maybe this will help put it into context. The word fag is an old English term. You see, it's what they used to call a bundle of kindling.

Back in the day, when they burned Witches, they held gay men in lower respect than the withes, so they used them as kindling to start the fire to burn the witches. Hence the slang term. It's actually quite a cruel term if you know the history.

The British slang "fag" being used for cigarette comes from the same "bundle of kindling" refference though without the gay connotations.
1:29PM on 11/10/2011
What DarkElfa says about the etymology of the word fag is a commonly held misconception. See: [link]
What DarkElfa says about the etymology of the word fag is a commonly held misconception. See: [link]
8:32AM on 11/09/2011

I'm with DarkElfa...

There's no way he wrote that letter.
Everyone who says we're being too sensitive about the whole thing and that what Brett did wasn't that bad doesn't understand. It's not a question of sensitivity to what he said, it's a question of the sheer level of stupidity displayed on his part.
The man was born into the business and therefore didn't have to struggle to get where he is unlike most directors. And he gives thanks by spitting on it by saying such juvenile bullshit like "Rehearsal is for
There's no way he wrote that letter.
Everyone who says we're being too sensitive about the whole thing and that what Brett did wasn't that bad doesn't understand. It's not a question of sensitivity to what he said, it's a question of the sheer level of stupidity displayed on his part.
The man was born into the business and therefore didn't have to struggle to get where he is unlike most directors. And he gives thanks by spitting on it by saying such juvenile bullshit like "Rehearsal is for fags". He absolutely deserved to get canned and should be sure to check his undeserved ego at the door next time.
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8:20AM on 11/09/2011

Aww shucks...

And I was so looking forward to what he had to offer. On second thought, this douche bag has ruined enough movies. He should be thrown out of an airplane without a parachute anyway.
And I was so looking forward to what he had to offer. On second thought, this douche bag has ruined enough movies. He should be thrown out of an airplane without a parachute anyway.
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8:02AM on 11/09/2011
What is it with the human race these days. As soon as someone opens their mouth and express themselves people start crying and carrying on like little kids. Yeah granted he said the wrong thing. I believe if you haven't got anything nice to say about someone then don't say anything at all. But seriously, people need to take a tea spoon of cement and harden the fuck up. Call me anything you like, just don't call me late for dinner.
What is it with the human race these days. As soon as someone opens their mouth and express themselves people start crying and carrying on like little kids. Yeah granted he said the wrong thing. I believe if you haven't got anything nice to say about someone then don't say anything at all. But seriously, people need to take a tea spoon of cement and harden the fuck up. Call me anything you like, just don't call me late for dinner.
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8:29AM on 11/09/2011
"Call me anything you like, just don't call me late for dinner." Haven't heard that in a while - love it. I know it comes from Groucho, but I always think of De Niro when I hear it. Now I feel like watching This Boy's Life tonight.
"Call me anything you like, just don't call me late for dinner." Haven't heard that in a while - love it. I know it comes from Groucho, but I always think of De Niro when I hear it. Now I feel like watching This Boy's Life tonight.
5:21AM on 11/09/2011
Scrotalache expresses concern below that Eddie Murphy might depart the Oscars next. Most likely, Ratner got Murphy the gig. Hopefully, Eddie stays. He deserves a huge career relaunch. Fans would love to see him do some MC stand-up in front of the world.
Scrotalache expresses concern below that Eddie Murphy might depart the Oscars next. Most likely, Ratner got Murphy the gig. Hopefully, Eddie stays. He deserves a huge career relaunch. Fans would love to see him do some MC stand-up in front of the world.
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3:48AM on 11/09/2011

Good riddance

If only Ratner could fuck off once and for all...
If only Ratner could fuck off once and for all...
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3:18AM on 11/09/2011
Can he write me an apology for X-MEN 3?
Can he write me an apology for X-MEN 3?
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12:36AM on 11/09/2011
I lost more respect for him now because of the apology then by his statements in the first place. He should of said, "People are way to sensitive in the 21st century so everyone just fuck off."
I lost more respect for him now because of the apology then by his statements in the first place. He should of said, "People are way to sensitive in the 21st century so everyone just fuck off."
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11:36PM on 11/08/2011
He calls this an apology? Apologies don't carry much weight when you repeatedly say shit in the apology like "as painful as this has been for me.." This isn't about your pain douchebag, it's about the pain you've caused! Nobody cares how painful it's been for you. Do you know how to apologize?? And then he says how he resigned from being producer of the Oscars, even though it was one of the biggest honors of his life. All i hear when read this is, "boo fucking hoo for me! and sorry I
He calls this an apology? Apologies don't carry much weight when you repeatedly say shit in the apology like "as painful as this has been for me.." This isn't about your pain douchebag, it's about the pain you've caused! Nobody cares how painful it's been for you. Do you know how to apologize?? And then he says how he resigned from being producer of the Oscars, even though it was one of the biggest honors of his life. All i hear when read this is, "boo fucking hoo for me! and sorry I guess"
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11:24PM on 11/08/2011
It's obviously an insensitive word and he should not have said it. Did he mean it as a gay slur? Probably not. I also don't think he should have to resign from producing the oscars simply because he made a stupid comment. I think by that logic many actors, actresses, producers, directors *cough* polanski woul be out of work
It's obviously an insensitive word and he should not have said it. Did he mean it as a gay slur? Probably not. I also don't think he should have to resign from producing the oscars simply because he made a stupid comment. I think by that logic many actors, actresses, producers, directors *cough* polanski woul be out of work
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11:23PM on 11/08/2011
There is no way he wrote that.
There is no way he wrote that.
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11:15PM on 11/08/2011
Not a big fan of Ratner's flicks, aside from Red Dragon and maybe X-Men 3. I heard a little of his interview on Stern, and the whole call-in stemmed from a statement Ratner made on Jimmy Kimmell about throwing water balloons at homeless people with Micheal Jackson. The whole incident and the recent fallout shows that Ratner is nothing but an overgrown frat boy with money to burn.
Not a big fan of Ratner's flicks, aside from Red Dragon and maybe X-Men 3. I heard a little of his interview on Stern, and the whole call-in stemmed from a statement Ratner made on Jimmy Kimmell about throwing water balloons at homeless people with Micheal Jackson. The whole incident and the recent fallout shows that Ratner is nothing but an overgrown frat boy with money to burn.
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12:52PM on 11/09/2011
Maybe X-Men 3? It's bad, man. Real bad.
Maybe X-Men 3? It's bad, man. Real bad.
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10:49PM on 11/08/2011
I'm torn between my natural inclination to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and my cynicism. I guess I don't know what to think about the apology, so I'll withhold judgment.

Regarding the fag comment though, it's a little easier. I know LGBT people who use it frequently (myself included), and I also know straight people who do the same. It's never offensive, but that's only because I know, and they know, that it isn't intended to be. When you're famous and your comments will be
I'm torn between my natural inclination to give everyone the benefit of the doubt, and my cynicism. I guess I don't know what to think about the apology, so I'll withhold judgment.

Regarding the fag comment though, it's a little easier. I know LGBT people who use it frequently (myself included), and I also know straight people who do the same. It's never offensive, but that's only because I know, and they know, that it isn't intended to be. When you're famous and your comments will be heard by millions of people, you need to have some discretion.
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10:18PM on 11/08/2011
Honestly. "Rehearsal is for fags," would have been hilarious coming from anyone else. But you can really tell with Brett Ratner that he means it in the douche way.
Honestly. "Rehearsal is for fags," would have been hilarious coming from anyone else. But you can really tell with Brett Ratner that he means it in the douche way.
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9:52PM on 11/08/2011
I do think people should pay more attention to what they say and avoid using discriminative words but the real issue here is not that.
Brett Ratner is notorious for being a douche and cares more about getting publicity than he does about what comes out of his mouth.
It's sad when there's so many people deserving of being in the industry and capable of maintaining a professional profile and then you get this guy who is abusing this position he has.
I do think people should pay more attention to what they say and avoid using discriminative words but the real issue here is not that.
Brett Ratner is notorious for being a douche and cares more about getting publicity than he does about what comes out of his mouth.
It's sad when there's so many people deserving of being in the industry and capable of maintaining a professional profile and then you get this guy who is abusing this position he has.
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8:42PM on 11/08/2011
I never liked the guy so its kinda whatever. Its not like I watch the Oscars for the show anyway.
I never liked the guy so its kinda whatever. Its not like I watch the Oscars for the show anyway.
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8:37PM on 11/08/2011

Good and Bad

Anyone see Ratner on Attack of the Show last week? He put Olivia Munn on blast, big time (much to the delight of myself and I think many other AOTS fans).

This is much different, and while I don't personally think he needed to resign, I guess the apology is required.

Doesn't change my stance on his work - I wasn't going to see Tower Heist anyway.
Anyone see Ratner on Attack of the Show last week? He put Olivia Munn on blast, big time (much to the delight of myself and I think many other AOTS fans).

This is much different, and while I don't personally think he needed to resign, I guess the apology is required.

Doesn't change my stance on his work - I wasn't going to see Tower Heist anyway.
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8:32PM on 11/08/2011

Look, it's not that he used a gay slur...

...honestly, I know gay people who don't have a problem with the word he used. And let's face it: a lot of people use it harmlessly. Louis C.K. had a great bit about it during his stand-up, and what he said was pure truth.

That's not what I dislike about Ratner. What I find upsetting is just his general pathetic nature. I listened to his full interview on Howard Stern; he came across as an arrogant, sad, rude, sexist, egotistical pig; bragging about celebrities he's slept with, how big his
...honestly, I know gay people who don't have a problem with the word he used. And let's face it: a lot of people use it harmlessly. Louis C.K. had a great bit about it during his stand-up, and what he said was pure truth.

That's not what I dislike about Ratner. What I find upsetting is just his general pathetic nature. I listened to his full interview on Howard Stern; he came across as an arrogant, sad, rude, sexist, egotistical pig; bragging about celebrities he's slept with, how big his testicles are, how he hooked up with Madonna and Victoria's Secret models and has a 10x higher sperm count than the average man...REALLY?! Who talks about that shit, even on Stern's show? And who does it when they know they're about to produce the Oscars?

Dude just sounds like a stereotypical low-life, creepy Hollywood pig. The kind of stereotypical producer you'd see on a show like Entourage, using his fame to fuck a young Lindsay Lohan.
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8:29PM on 11/08/2011
I dont buy that he wrote that
I dont buy that he wrote that
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8:31PM on 11/08/2011
funny as I was reading this I was thinking the exact same thing. this guy would never apologize for his actions. Instead of admiting X-men was bad he said it was good because people kept going. If there is one thing Entourage taught me it was that celebrities never write this crap, and they only sign it.
funny as I was reading this I was thinking the exact same thing. this guy would never apologize for his actions. Instead of admiting X-men was bad he said it was good because people kept going. If there is one thing Entourage taught me it was that celebrities never write this crap, and they only sign it.
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8:15PM on 11/08/2011
I glad Ratner's publicist could find the time to write that apology.
I glad Ratner's publicist could find the time to write that apology.
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8:08PM on 11/08/2011

What a Fag

I mean no disrespect to the LGTB community when I say this, but am I the only one that gets the vibe that Brat Ratner is gay? (Based of his interviews)
I mean no disrespect to the LGTB community when I say this, but am I the only one that gets the vibe that Brat Ratner is gay? (Based of his interviews)
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2:48PM on 11/09/2011
Now you have stooped to Ratner's level. Congratulations.
Now you have stooped to Ratner's level. Congratulations.
8:07PM on 11/08/2011
He should apologize to general movie going audiences over the last 14 years of shit he has put out and then retire from movie making forever. How much more money does this douche bag need? It's obvious he has no artistic reasons for film making other than earning a paycheck and it seems like he's earned enough of those at the movie goers expense.
He should apologize to general movie going audiences over the last 14 years of shit he has put out and then retire from movie making forever. How much more money does this douche bag need? It's obvious he has no artistic reasons for film making other than earning a paycheck and it seems like he's earned enough of those at the movie goers expense.
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8:04PM on 11/08/2011
While I'm not the biggest fan of his films (only the first 2 Rush Hours and Red Dragon are good), I was interested in seeing what he could have done with the Oscars. Chances are Eddie Murphy's gonna follow. Get prepared for another lame Oscars everyone. Then again, it might have been just as lame with him. We'll never know now. :-
While I'm not the biggest fan of his films (only the first 2 Rush Hours and Red Dragon are good), I was interested in seeing what he could have done with the Oscars. Chances are Eddie Murphy's gonna follow. Get prepared for another lame Oscars everyone. Then again, it might have been just as lame with him. We'll never know now. :-
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