Saturday, August 05, 2006

 

Attention Mr. Gibson: Rob Schneider Doesn't Like You, But Hollywood Billboard Owners Seem To

Look out! Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo himself, Rob Schneider has lobbed the first public attack on Mel Gibson for his drunken tirade against Jews. Rob Schneider? Is Gibson supposed to be shaking in his boots here? Schneider is the first actor to publicly announce he will never work with Mel Gibson. Hmmm? I'm wondering. Was this ever going to be an issue anyway? Not only did the actor say he would never act in a Mel Gibson-directed film, he also said he would never cast Gibson in any films he directs (unless his financial backers feel differently, he added). Again, was this something that would ever happen? The open letter, which Schneider advertised in the Hollywood trade paper Variety does seem a bit tongue-in-cheek. It says, in part, "I, Rob Schneider, a 1/2 Jew, pledge from this day forth to never work with Mel Gibson-actor-director-producer-and anti-Semite." Schneider's letter goes on to say, even if he were offered the lead role in Passion of The Christ 2, or a "juicy voice-over role in [Gibson's] new flick Apocalypto and spoke ancient Mayan," he would still turn them down. Okay. Schneider has spoken. Mel Gibson take heed. Meanwhile, Gibson, may appear to have more supporters in Hollywood than some realized. Apparently, an anti-Gibson billboard campaign has not been successful in getting off the ground. Reportedly, once the owners of the outdoor media space being sought realize the content of the billboard, they turn it down. If this is the best Hollywood has to offer in response to Gibson's remarks, I'm gonna stick to my initial prediction that Gibson's near-future fortunes will rise or fall on the merits of Apocalypto and not his drunken statements.

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