Gallo Regrets Roger Ebert Curse

Actor VINCENT GALLO regrets putting a curse on film critic ROGER EBERT - because the hex almost came true.

Upset by Ebert's scathing review of his controversial BROWN BUNNY film, Gallo cursed the critic's prostate - just before he was diagnosed with colon cancer.

Gallo insists the curse wasn't as random as it seemed at the time - he was actually suffering from prostate problems when he was asked about Ebert's review in an interview.

He says, "Because of the stress levels that I put myself under to make Brown Bunny, I have a swollen prostate. They have to go in there with a couple of fingers and do this massage, which you can't imagine the brutality of it.

"I'm battling this thing all the time and I've had big clumps of hair fall out. One day I come out of this urologist's office and somebody calls me up and says they're doing a piece on the CANNES FILM FESTIVAL and Roger Ebert said this and that.

"I still have grief on my butt from this massage and I say, 'Oh yeah, well you tell that bastard I curse his prostate and I hope it blows up to the size of a cantaloupe.'

Ebert took the curse well and joked about it on TV, but Gallo was mortified when it was made public.

He adds, "I never cursed anybody. I'm petrified of darkness. I can't watch a scary movie. If somebody said to me, 'I'm going to put a hex on you,' I would have a breakdown."

18/08/2004 02:24

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Tags: Vincent Gallo - Brown Bunny - Cannes Film Festival


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Vincent Gallo is America's GREATEST LIVING FILMMAKER. I saw the Cannes screening and saw the film again in its finished released version. For the record, the unfinished version shown at Cannes was just as good as the finished released version. Everyone I know who was also at Cannes agrees. What Roger Ebert did was completely misunderstand the film and get caught up in the emotions of everyone wanting to hate the film before they'd seen it. Either because they hated Vincent Gallo, hated that he gets blown in his own film or hated the fact that Gallo exists so outside the mainstream in his own world and really doesn't need any support. Clearly Ebert realized he had given a terrible review to what would eventually become a well respected landmark film that many would consider a masterpiece. His way of getting released from his previous silly statements and getting to re-review the film was to make a big deal out of the small changes between the unfinished film shown at Cannes and the final released version. First of all the Cannes screening print was only six minutes and thirty two seconds longer. The changes were to shorten the motorcycle race, cut the ending and remove two additional short clips. One of those clips was a return shot in the salt flats and the other a shot of Gallo's character putting on a sweater. The films effect and greatness at Cannes or on DVD is the same. Ebert was cunning and clever inventing the cut changes theory of why he later loved the film. The fact is the film was over his head and eventually he figured that out. The Brown Bunny is a true masterpiece and a work well beyond most other films and Gallo a filmmaker of great sensitivity and vision. Ebert was lucky enough to have a second chance to notice that.

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