Friday, June 01, 2007

Hollywood Still Loves Polanski


"...Moviemaker Roman Polanski is set to step out from behind the camera to play a French cop in the latest Rush Hour film.

The part marks the Pianist director's first Hollywood acting appearance since he played "man with knife" in 1974's Chinatown.

Rush Hour 3 director Brett Ratner persuaded Polanski to take the role after raving about his performance in French indie film Le Locataire during a chance encounter with the Oscar winner.

Polanski, who lives in exile in Europe following his decision to flee America in 1978 after pleading guilty to having sex with a minor, will join a cast that includes Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker and Max Von Sydow." (source)

Lest anyone be tempted to re-write history and believe that Polanski fled to Paris after allegations of sexual abuse & pedophilia (which I've seen suggested at various places online), He PLED GUILTY to sex with a 13 year old (he was 45 at the time).

"...Polanski was initially charged[3] with rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance (methaqualone) to a minor, but these charges were dismissed under the terms of his plea bargain, and he pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor... (source)

I was going to ask how quick Brett RATner would be to lure Polanski into a film if it had been his 13 year old sister that was drugged and raped, but from what I can find online, the director of Rush Hour 3 has no children or sisters. I was also going to suggest that no one see this film with the pedophile cameo...It's not like this man has even paid for his crime. But, then I remembered that it's Rush Hour 3 we're talking about. Did anyone even see the first two? Then again, he is hosting a Hillary Clinton fundraiser:
“I love Hillary, and I think she’s amazing. I am happy to just introduce people to this who haven’t been exposed to politics, aren’t thinking about politics or don’t have a political point of view.”

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