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August 07, 2006

Rob Schneider Takes Out Ad In Magazine To Vow: I Will NOT Work With Mel Gibson Ever Again!

Grandstanding? No.

It's a goof.

Whether or not it's in good taste I'll let you decide. Personally, I think it's funny.

The ad.

Thanks to yls.

Curious... Is this going to hurt Schneider? The ad seems to spoof the outrage over the Gibson antisemitism. Why is he tempting fate?

It's an odd move... funny (at least I think so) but seemingly calculated to offend a lot of the "power brokers" who are, in fact, pretty upset by Gibson.

Why is he taking this chance? To me, a joke has to be really f'n' good to risk harm to my career over. This is only pretty good.

Who knows. Maybe he smokes as much pot as that character he played in 50 First Dates.

Maybe he has a grudge against Bernie Brillstein? The thing is, Rob Schneider hasn't really shown himself to be a bad-boy trouble-maker loose-cannon-who-plays-by-his-own-rules in the past. I'm just sort of curious why this f-you streak pops up now, in a touchy situation.

(Well, he did go home with one of Hef's seven "girlfriends" after the Hef roast, I read, but, well, 1) who wouldn't and 2) who the hell is Hef anymore?)

Now... Patrick Swayze says Gibson is a wonderful human being.

Why would Patrick Swayze risk his career to help Mel Gib--


Never mind.

The Answer: epobirs tells me Schneider has taken out three or four joke ads in trade papers before, usually, he says, to pick fights with critics.

This is just the first one that non-Hollywood people have been made widely aware of.

So, that's the explanation, I guess: this is a long-running kind of goof Schneider does.

Still, while I know nothing of Hollywood, I'd guess the Gibson thing is a big deal out there, with people divided, mostly on the never-work-with-Mel-side, some on the he-can-be-forgiven side. I still question the prudence of the joke, especially when he seems to be spoofing Brillstein, who's a big macher, as the Chosen Folk say, particularly in comedy series and movies.

But, as others point out, he mostly gets work as a secondary character in Adam Sandler movies, or stars in movies produced by Adam Sandler, so, I guess, it's not like he has to worry about pissing many people off, except for Adam Sandler.

Here's an off-topic bit of trivia: Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman were in the same fourth-grade class together. Which wouldn't be that notable, if they were going to grade school in Beverly Hills, but they weren't; they grew up in New Hampshire.


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