June 03, 2004

Bradbury on Moore: "(Blank)(Blank-blank)"

TODAY'S LESSON for aspiring filmmakers: do not mess around with Ray Bradbury in any way.

We here at The Rant have long considered Mr Bradbury one of America's finest writers, not merely because he is fantastic at his craft, but because he's never been one to pull a punch. Well, in an interview with a Swedish newspaper, Mr Bradbury offered his opinion on filmmaker Michael Moore, whose "Fahrenheit 9/11" will apparently soon be in U.S. theatres.

Mr Bradbury, the author of the excellent "Fahrenheit 451," is not happy with Mr Moore's appropriation of his title. Secular Blasphemy has provided its readers with a translation of the article in which he makes his views known. Go there to see the whole thing:

Mr BRADBURY: Michael Moore is a screwed asshole, that is what I think about that case. He stole my title and changed the numbers without ever asking me for permission.

Mr Bradbury goes on to say that no one will see Mr Moore's film, and the newspaper says that Mr Bradbury considers Mr Moore a dishonest thief. Also, Mr Bradbury argues that Mr Moore received the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival because the people there hate Americans.

We realize Mr Bradbury might not approve of our characterization of his words, but we do believe that in the creative world, this is what one could describe as a "project beating."

(link via Steve Silver)

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at June 3, 2004 07:21 PM | TrackBack