Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Europe is led by celebrity-obsessed tits

Jacques Chirac misusing the office of the presidency? Surely not!

"while [director Ron] Howard and [producer Brian] Grazer were in Paris auditioning actresses for [The Da Vinci Code]'s female lead, they got a call from the office of French President Jacques Chirac inviting them to swing by and say bonjour. 'We thought it was going to be a five-minute thing,' says Grazer. But Chirac asked them to sit down and get comfortable. Coffee was poured. They ended up staying close to an hour. Chirac insisted that his guests alert him if their request to film at the Louvre hit any snags. Not only that, he offered some... pointers. He suggested they cast his daughter's best friend—an actress of some acclaim—in the role of Sophie Neveu, the elegant young cryptographer at the heart of the book's mystery. And he wondered aloud, half seriously, if they could sweeten the paycheck for actor Jean Reno"
Shame Brando's dead, really - I could just picture him playing Chirac in full-on Don Corleone mode - "I do you a favour, you do me a favour" etc. Still, it puts Tony Blair's visiting of former drug addict, alcoholic, statutory rapist and home-made porn film producer Rob Lowe in the the wake of the July bombings in perspective - they're all at it, ignoring matters of state to suck up to celebrities. Still, Sam Seabourn's slightly more impressive than Richie Cunningham in my books - and The Da Vinci Code's going to be a pile of shite so, erm, well done Tony, I suppose...

In other news, keep your eye on the European Parliament today - MEPs may yet scupper Blair's budget deal. On which more, perhaps, later.

6 Comments:

Blogger Peter Gasston said...

Could be worse; California is led by a tit-obsessed celebrity.

12/20/2005 01:16:00 pm  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

Very true.

Of course, the added bonus of this kind of pointless observation is the Google-juice of a post title with "celebrity tits" in it. Not that that was the intention, honest...

12/20/2005 02:07:00 pm  
Anonymous Dan said...

Rob Lowe, Rape?? When?

12/20/2005 03:24:00 pm  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

For any lawyers reading: statutory - only statutory, due to sex with a minor (whom he strongly maintains he thought to be over the age of consent) at the Democratic National Convention in 1988. He was sentenced to 20 hours community service.

12/20/2005 03:52:00 pm  
Anonymous Katherine said...

I got severely ticked off by my criminal law supervisor at college once for called unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor "statutory rape". This is an Americanism that has no accurate place in the English (and Welsh) legal system. So, tsk.

12/20/2005 06:11:00 pm  
Blogger MatGB said...

Katherine? If Mr Lowe was convicted of unlawful sex with a minor in the US, then he was convicted of Stat Rape, because that's what it's called over there.

NM? Your obsession with google is getting to me as well; this is due to you, and you don't even show, and then this was prompted by Chris suggesting it as a venue for a drink.

OTOH, gotta admire Chirac's honesty. Shame about the rest of the package, when's the next election again? That's one I'll be watching closely.

12/21/2005 01:55:00 am  

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