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By David Poland poland@moviecitynews.com

When Frat Guys Go Wild: 2 Sue, 1 Says "It Was Fun"


BORAT’S bear has not sued the producers. Yet.
Funny, those RV-rocking South Carolina fraternity brothers seemed so eager to discuss women, minorities and the long-ago South.
But being in BORAT bites, say the two out of the three garrulous, beer-drinking So they’re suing the film’s producers, 20th Century Fox, for fraud and misappropriation of their likenesses, claiming that they signed the release to appear in the film when they were drunk. They are seeking unspecified damages.
Though the lawsuit doesn’t identify the aggrieved parties, FHM has an interview with one of the three, David Corcoran, a Chi Psi brother who says he didn’t know who Borat was until a friend looked him up on the internet. “My first thought was, ‘What if my mom finds out?'” (That’s all in November FHM with Jeri Ryan on the cover. The issue’s theme is, apparently, boobs.).
ABC News Radio also spoke to Corcoran, in a story dated Nov. 10. ABC’s item notes, “Corcoran’s recollection largely coincides with the plaintiffs’ account” of how they were talent-spotted and signed up by the BORAT producers.

According to Corcoran’s FHM interview, “This guy said they were filming a Kazakh reporter who wanted to hang out with frat guys. They met 10 of us and I guess chose the three who wouldn’t recognize Borat.”
A South Carolina news website has this story — it predates the lawsuit.
The complaint, as quoted in the Variety coverage, goes like this: “The depiction created by the defendants were offensive and objectionable to plaintiffs and to a reasonable person of ordinary sensibilities in that it made plaintiffs the objects of ridicule, humiliation (and) loss of reputation.”
For a sober look at what it was like to fall prey to Borat, read this essay by Linda Stein, who representated the Veteran Feminists of America. While she’s not pleased with the encounter, she did retain a copy of the standard release form she signed before going on camera.

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One Response to “When Frat Guys Go Wild: 2 Sue, 1 Says "It Was Fun"”

  1. Destiny says:

    what the fuck ever bitch mother fucker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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It shows how out of it I was in trying to be in it, acknowledging that I was out of it to myself, and then thinking, “Okay, how do I stop being out of it? Well, I get some legitimate illogical narrative ideas” — some novel, you know?

So I decided on three writers that I might be able to option their material and get some producer, or myself as producer, and then get some writer to do a screenplay on it, and maybe make a movie.

And so the three projects were “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” “Naked Lunch” and a collection of Bukowski. Which, in 1975, forget it — I mean, that was nuts. Hollywood would not touch any of that, but I was looking for something commercial, and I thought that all of these things were coming.

There would be no Blade Runner if there was no Ray Bradbury. I couldn’t find Philip K. Dick. His agent didn’t even know where he was. And so I gave up.

I was walking down the street and I ran into Bradbury — he directed a play that I was going to do as an actor, so we know each other, but he yelled “hi” — and I’d forgot who he was.

So at my girlfriend Barbara Hershey’s urging — I was with her at that moment — she said, “Talk to him! That guy really wants to talk to you,” and I said “No, fuck him,” and keep walking.

But then I did, and then I realized who it was, and I thought, “Wait, he’s in that realm, maybe he knows Philip K. Dick.” I said, “You know a guy named—” “Yeah, sure — you want his phone number?”

My friend paid my rent for a year while I wrote, because it turned out we couldn’t get a writer. My friends kept on me about, well, if you can’t get a writer, then you write.”
~ Hampton Fancher

“That was the most disappointing thing to me in how this thing was played. Is that I’m on the phone with you now, after all that’s been said, and the fundamental distinction between what James is dealing with in these other cases is not actually brought to the fore. The fundamental difference is that James Franco didn’t seek to use his position to have sex with anyone. There’s not a case of that. He wasn’t using his position or status to try to solicit a sexual favor from anyone. If he had — if that were what the accusation involved — the show would not have gone on. We would have folded up shop and we would have not completed the show. Because then it would have been the same as Harvey Weinstein, or Les Moonves, or any of these cases that are fundamental to this new paradigm. Did you not notice that? Why did you not notice that? Is that not something notable to say, journalistically? Because nobody could find the voice to say it. I’m not just being rhetorical. Why is it that you and the other critics, none of you could find the voice to say, “You know, it’s not this, it’s that”? Because — let me go on and speak further to this. If you go back to the L.A. Times piece, that’s what it lacked. That’s what they were not able to deliver. The one example in the five that involved an issue of a sexual act was between James and a woman he was dating, who he was not working with. There was no professional dynamic in any capacity.

~ David Simon