Brett Ratner is not a man known for directing good films. Or even bad ones, necessarily. Thus far in his career he's specialized in directing high profile films that feel so phoned in that most are quickly forgotten by the moviegoing public in a year or two. (When was the last time you had a conversation about After the Sunset?) And so it was interesting to hear that, on the opening weekend of his new star-studded comedy Tower Heist, which opened in second place with a somewhat disappointing $25 million, Ratner gave an interview at Los Angeles's Arclight Cinemas, and explained his directing process in a single, disappointing and inappropriate sentence.
"Rehearsals are for f*gs."
We seriously doubt Ratner was being openly prejudiced about homosexuals, and was probably using the expression in the generic manner espoused on South Park. We're not apologizing for him, obviously, since it was a jerk thing to say (this is the same Brett Ratner who recently said that he "banged" Olivia Munn a few times when "she wasn't Asian" and then "forgot her"). He's already apologized about the slur at The Wrap, saying "I apologize for any offense my remarks caused. 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."
So since we're not here to talk about celebrity gossip, let's move on to the actual statement itself: Ratner, a man who chooses to describe himself as a "storyteller," doesn't think much of rehearsals. Having seen his films, we're not shocked. That's not the only problem they have, obviously, but it goes a long to way to nailing down exactly why his movies feel so slapdash, and generally fail to resonate with audiences.
CraveOnline will be back with more Brett Ratner news since he's producing the Oscars, a show with lots of musical numbers that apparently won't be rehearsed this year. That should be interesting…