Brett Ratner Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

16th January 2017

Fact: Movie mogul Brett Ratner is to be honoured with the 2,599th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pal Eddie Murphy and "a surprise celebrity guest" will salute the moviemaker at his inauguration at the Hollywood & Highland complex on Thursday (19Jan17).

6th August 2015

Quote: "She is a singular artist who has moved people all over the world. We share a birthday one day apart. I consider her a sister - so tabloids back off. It's not true." Filmmaker Brett Ratner praises his good friend Mariah Carey during the unveiling of her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday (05Aug15). The two have had to fend off dating rumours over the past few months, but the pop diva is now romancing Ratner's friend and billionaire Australian tycoon James Packer.

22nd April 2015

Quote: "We're great friends. I'm directing her video. I've been friends with her for 20 years. (The romance gossip) makes me laugh actually. It cracks me up. We're great friends. She's awesome and she's amazing." Director Brett Ratner laughs off persistent rumours of a secret romance with his pal Mariah Carey.

29th July 2014

Fact: Rush Hour filmmaker Brett Ratner is helping to bring Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch to the big screen by signing on as a producer. Studio bosses at Warner Bros. picked up the rights to author Donna Tartt's 2013 best seller, which tells the story of a young boy who steals Carel Fabritius' pricey painting The Goldfinch from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. A director has yet to be appointed to take on the job.

25th October 2013

Quote: "You know what my dream movie-memorabilia is? The necklace from Rosemary's Baby but Roman doesn't have it." Director Brett Ratner was hoping to land a classic film keepsake from pal Roman Polanski, who directed one of his favourite movies.

24th October 2013

Quote: "It's indefensible. I immediately apologised... It was just a stupid thing." Moviemaker Brett Ratner on the gay slur he uttered at a question and answer session for his 2011 film Tower Heist that prompted him to resign as the producer of the 2012 Oscars.

23rd October 2013

Quote: "I never tried a drink to this day. I've never had a sip of alcohol, ever. I've never had a drug. No interest." Party-loving moviemaker Brett Ratner insists he has always been clean and sober.

23rd October 2013

Quote: "We weren't talking at the end of his life. He wanted me to testify on his behalf (in his molestation case), but I didn't want to be part of the circus... He was the kindest, most gentle, genuine person. Our relationship was based on watching movies together. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, we watched it 100 times." Moviemaker Brett Ratner on his friendship with Michael Jackson, which was almost non-existent at the end of his life when the superstar died in 2009.

30th May 2013

Fact: Moviemaker Brett Ratner has donated $1 million (£645,000) to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is scheduled to open in 2017. The director, who withdrew as producer of the 2012 Oscars after making ill-advised homophobic remarks during a press conference, says, "I feel blessed to be part of such a magnificent museum... I couldn't be more excited that our Academy will finally have its own museum that will preserve and exhibit cinema's greatest work."

6th March 2012

Quote: "I knew that something positive was going to come out of it. It was unfortunate. But I'm happy to turn a negative into a positive, which is what always happens." Director Brett Ratner has learned his lesson after a homophobic slur scandal last year (11) prompted him to step down as the producer of the 2012 Academy Awards. He is now helping gay rights activists raise awareness by making a series of public service announcements.

13th February 2012

Fact: Moviemaker Brett Ratner has signed on to direct Jennifer Lopez's new music video for Follow the Leader. The project is Ratner's first since he stepped down as an Oscars telecast producer last year (11). The filmmaker has directed music videos for Madonna, Mariah Carey, Diddy and Miley Cyrus, among others.

28th October 2011

Quote: "When I want to get really sexy with a girl and I want to sing to the girl, because I'm not really much of a singer, but I know the words backwards and forwards, I put on the Commodores' Just to Be Close to You, but the extended version, because Lionel Richie is talking for about three minutes before the actual song starts. It is, to me, one of the coolest, and at the same time romantic, records ever." Moviemaker Brett Ratner knows how to woo a woman with music.

4th September 2011

Fact: Comedian Eddie Murphy is director Brett Ratner's top choice to host the 2012 Academy Awards. According to, the Shrek star will meet with ceremony producer Ratner and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences officials on Tuesday (06Sep11) to discuss the opportunity.

17th August 2011

Fact: Pop superstar Beyonce performed the second of four sold out dates at New York's Roseland Ballroom on Tuesday (16Aug11) in front of a star-studded crowd - her rapper husband Jay Z was joined in the audience by hip-hop moguls Russell Simmons and Sean Combs, director Brett Ratner and R&B singer/songwriters Ne-YO and The-Dream. The Crazy In Love hitmaker is due to return to the venue for two more concerts on Thursday (18Aug11) and Friday (19Aug11).

5th November 2009

Fact: Moviemaker Brett Ratner has opened up his snapshot collection in his new online magazine Rat-Mag. The Rush Hour director's limited edition publication, available through the initiative, features shots of Ratner with Michael Jackson, moguls Robert Evans and Warren Beatty and a Paris nightlife shot with Roman Polanski under the Eiffel Tower.

24th March 2009

Fact: Rush Hour director Brett Ratner is to launch a new publishing house with three new book reprints. The 40-year-old director/producer's Rat Press will focus on Hollywood stars. The first tomes, released in America later this week (ends27Mar09), will chronicle the lives of Marlon Brando, Jim Brown and Ratner's mentor Robert Evans.

6th November 2008

Fact: Moviemaker Brett Ratner has designed a new Ernst Benz watch.

21st July 2008

Quote: "I didn't think I was still relevant for a 15 year old to ask me to do her video. I thought I was an old man now, and did movies. But it was so much fun. She's so cool, and a hard worker." Hollywood director Brett Ratner was shocked to be asked to make teen superstar Miley Cyrus' new video 7 THINGS.

11th July 2008

Fact: Hollywood director Brett Ratner has enlisted Leonardo Dicaprio's model girlfriend BAR RAFAELI to pose in a bikini for the world's first Jewish swimsuit calendar. Ratner is serving as guest editor at Jewish magazine Heeb for the publication's summer (08) issue.

20th May 2008

Fact: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie took time out of the Cannes Film Festival in France to enjoy a meal with celebrity pals Clint Eastwood, SIR Mick Jagger and Brett Ratner on the Cotes d'Azur.

5th May 2008

Quote: "I think he's still mad at me because I wouldn't testify at his (child molestation) trial." Hollywood director Brett Ratner has written off his chances of working with Michael Jackson anytime soon.

20th February 2008

Quote: "This is like when THRILLER came out - the anticipation is ridiculous." Moviemaker Brett Ratner on Mariah Carey's new video TOUCH MY BODY, which he directs.

5th September 2007

Quote: "Brett Ratner's directing, Brian Grazer is producing. They've talked about Hugh Jackman to play me." Playboy boss Hugh Hefner on plans for a new movie about his life.

15th August 2007

Quote: "I'm a pretty normal guy. I'm very serious about my work. I do have a disco in my basement, but I didn't put it there. It was in the house when I bought it." Moviemaker Brett Ratner.

9th August 2007

Quote: "It took 20 years to build the pyramids, 13 years to build Mount Rushmore, 13 years to lose my virginity, and it took Chris Tucker six years to get on a plane to Paris." RUSH HOUR 3 director Brett Ratner explains why it took so long to follow up 2001's Rush Hour 2.

23rd May 2007

Fact: Music legend Quincy Jones and moviemaker Brett Ratner are set to team up to make an ambitious documentary about Brazil's annual street carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The odd couple plan to make Carnaval 3D: The Magic + The Music as a three-dimensional big screen spectacular.

27th February 2007

Fact: Rush Hour director Brett Ratner's grandmother has landed her own reality TV show in America. FANITA PRESMAN has shot a VH1 pilot called MY GRANDSON, THE DIRECTOR, in which she lives and parties with Ratner in Hollywood.

25th August 2006

Fact: Hollywood director Brett Ratner will be directing the video for Courtney Love's new song Letter To God. Love is also set to take the lead role in an upcoming film on the life of 1970s porn star LINDA LOVELACE.

22nd June 2006

Quote: "We're doing it on Friday and I'm getting in shape for it... I haven't roller-skated for a long time." Actress Eva Longoria on appearing in pal Jessica Simpson's new video PUBLIC AFFAIR, which is being directed by movie-maker Brett Ratner.

29th May 2006

Quote: "I have a website, I get more insane emails than anything you ever read. That's what's beautiful about this movie. It's like you're making a movie about the Bible - everyone has their own favourite parts." Director Brett Ratner compares X-Men fans to followers of the Bible.

30th August 2005

Fact: <p>Iranian Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo has signed on to star in Brett Ratner's upcoming X-Men 3 movie. The HOUSE OF SAND + FOG star will play mutant DR CECILIA REYES, who has the power to create force fields around herself. </p>

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