The nominees for the biggest mistakes of Brett Ratner’s career are:
1. Rush Hour
2. Rush Hour 2
3. Rush Hour 3
4. Losing the job as producer of the Academy Awards after making a stupid anti-gay remark.
And the winner is… you have to ask?
While promoting his new film Tower Heist, Ratner was interviewed in New York Magazine’s Vulture blog. When asked whether he rehearses his actors before shooting a scene, Ratner replied, “Rehearsing is for f*gs.”
The firestorm of protest from those within the industry and the LGBT community was swift.
“Over the last few days, I’ve 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,” said Ratner in an open letter to the entertainment industry. “To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.”
“He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself,” said Academy President Tom Sherak. “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.”
As part of his mea culpa, Ratner has pledged to work with GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to speak out against the kind of insensitive comments that he himself just made.
“He seemed very sincere in his desire to use this experience as a way to begin speaking out against anti-gay language in popular culture,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs and Communications at GLAAD. “We believe his resignation is just the first step and will be announcing a series of concrete actions with Brett in coming days and weeks.”
“Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career,” Ratner said. “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.”
Another idea that could help both Ratner and his films? Rehearse.