British comedy FAT SLAGS has been labelled a flop before even hitting
cinemas in Britain.
The movie, based on the British comic strip of the same name, won't even
have a star-studded premiere - much to the horror of its stars JERRY O'CONNELL,
NAOMI CAMPBELL and GERI HALLIWELL.
The movie was originally heralded as the British comedy of the summer but
its release was put back after negative screen tests. Now the film is being
released on Friday (15OCT04) with little fuss. Producers originally said that
there would be
no premiere because the movie's stars are unavailable, but that is not the
An insider says, "The truth is that no one wanted to spend thousands of
pounds promoting a turkey. A London premiere costs at least GBP50,000 ($90,000)
to GBP100,000 ($180,000) and there was no way good money was going to be thrown
"Stars such as Geri and Naomi weren't even aware it would be out this week
and there are many people who are privately wishing it had never been made.
"Hardly anyone is aware the film is coming out on Friday. The tactic has
obviously been to get it out there and hope for the best. Having a big premiere
would not only have wasted money, it would have drawn more attention to what
essentially, a poor movie.
"Many critics haven't been made aware of the release, which again is very
unusual. The whole thing just smacks of embarrassment."
The film, which stars British comediennes FIONA ALLEN and SANDRA THOMPSON
in the lead roles, was slammed by audiences at test screenings earlier this