I'll have to check the files on this, but I'm pretty sure that any sort of collaboration between Brett Ratner
and Roman Polanski
is a sign of the apocalypse. So, if Ratner can be trusted (ahem), it's time to start preparing for plagues of locusts and whatnot -- he told CHUD last week
that not only has he written a part for Polanski in Rush Hour 3
(!?), but that the two are mates, and share a "mutual respect." Ok, I'm not sure which one of those statements caused it, but I just threw up a little in my mouth. Granted, Polanski's always been, well, a bit unusual. But the guy made Chinatown
, for the love of God -- how can he respect Ratner? And why on earth would he want to be in a Rush Hour
movie? Personally, I suspect Ratner has developed an elaborate charade in which he's pretending to be Steven Soderbergh
in his relationship with Polanski, and the poor man thinks he's appearing in Ocean's Thirteen
. It's the only possible explanation that I can come up with.
Here's the best part (if you ignore the bit about how Polanski is -- gag -- "a fan") of the Ratner interview, because it reveals so much about his fragile ego: "[Polanski] treats me as an equal, he loves my movies, he's a fan. If I was directing Harry Knowles from Aint It Cool News I wouldn't feel very comfortable – he would be looking at me sideways the whole time. But Polanski gives me respect and admiration and love, so I'm fearless." Do you think Knowles shows up in Ratner's nightmares?