DIRECTORS WHO APOLOGIZED
Which of these are sincere?
- •Cameron Crowe apologizes for casting Emma Stone in a part-Asian role in ALOHA."I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice."
- •Joel Scumacher apologizes for disappointing any Batman fans with BATMAN & ROBIN"I broke a rule of mine, which is never to do a sequel of anything. They wanted me to do sequels for St. Elmo's Fire, Flatliners, Lost Boys, and some of the other films I've done, and I always knew that if you get lucky, walk away. But I was shooting A Time To Kill and the studio had been very generous to me, and much was expected of me by the toy manufacturers and the Warner Bros stores [...] I take full responsibility for Batman & Robin."
- •Vincent Gallo apologizes to critics at Cannes for an early cut of THE BROWN BUNNY."I accept what they say. It's a disaster and a waste of time. It was never my intention to make a pretentious film, a self-indulgent film, a useless film, an unengaging film." Gallo later denied ever apologizing, and called Roger Ebert (who was highly critical of the film) a fat pig. Ebert's response: "It is true that I am fat, but one day I will be thin, and he will still be the director of The Brown Bunny."
- •Michael Bay apologizes for the ending of ARMAGEDDON."I would redo the entire third act if I could. But the studio literally took the movie away from us. It was terrible. My visual effects supervisor had a nervous breakdown, so I had to be in charge of that. I called James Cameron and asked 'What do you do when you’re doing all the effects yourself?' But the movie did fine."
- •Joss Whedon apologizes in advance to the people of Seoul, South Korea for filming THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON there."We are going to mess it up a bit and inconvenience some people for a few days and I apologize for that. I know what that’s like. I live in Los Angeles. It happens to me all the time and it’s not fun. I hope that it will be worth it. We love this movie. We love your city and having the two them together will show the city to the world in a light I don’t think it’s been shown.”
- •Joss Whedon calls his JURASSIC WORLD tweet "Bad form.""...and I'm too busy wishing this clip wasn't '70s-era sexist. She's a stiff, he's a life-force — really? Still?" Whedon tweeted, in response to a scene from the film premiering online. “I shouldn’t have tweeted it,” he told Variety. “I don’t ever say things about other people’s work that are negative. That’s bad form. It’s not what a gentleman would do.”
- •Brett Ratner apologizes for saying "Rehearsal is for fags" at an Arclight Q&A following a screening of TOWER HEIST."I apologize for any offense my remarks caused,” Ratner said in a statement. “It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don't have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words." Shortly thereafter, Ratner resigns as producer of the Oscars.
- •Brett Ratner apologizes to actor Greg Grunberg for a joke about epileptics in the trailer for TOWER HEIST.Grunberg's son has epilepsy, Grunberg founded TalkAboutIt.org.," Grunberg took to Twitter to air his frustrations. Ratner: "I am so sorry you are offended ... I sincerely feel bad."
- •Brett Ratner apologizes after making inappropriate comments about Olivia Munn in a TV appearance. "I banged her a few times, but I forgot her."After reportedly calling Munn to apologize, Ratner went on Howard Stern's show, and said he was lying when he made the remarks, and that he was wrong to make her “look like a whore.”
- •Michael Moore apologizes for his characterization of George W. Bush."I would like to apologize for referring to George W. Bush as a deserter. What I meant to say is that George W. Bush is a deserter, an election thief, a drunk driver, a WMD liar, and a functional illiterate. And he poops his pants."
- •EDIT: how could I forget?! -- Mel Gibson apologizes to the Jewish people."I want to apologize specifically to everyone in the Jewish community for the vitriolic and harmful words that I said to a law-enforcement officer the night I was arrested on a DUI charge."
- •EDIT: Another late addition -- Lars von Trier apologizes for Nazi comments at Cannes, after the festival organizers demand said apology.He said "For a long time I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew. Then I met Susanne Bier and I wasn't so happy. But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family was Germab. That also gave me pleasure. What can I say? I user stand Hitler. I sympathize with him a bit."His response: "If I have hurt someone this morning by the words I said at the press conference, I sincerely apologize. I am not anti-Semitic or racially prejudiced in an way, nor am I a Nazi."