Update: Looks like Brett Ratner has selected Eddie Murphy as the host for the next Academy Awards broadcast!
As we reported in July, the trailer for the Brett Ratner directed, Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller-starring heist film Tower Heist has been released, and it features many things—Eddie Murphy seems to be at least kind of trying to be funny again, it also stars Casey Affleck (which is odd, since the film appears to be a total rip off of the Ocean’s trilogy, also starring… Casey Affleck), and that Brett Ratner is once again helming a picture with the totally faceless, directed-by-studio-committee direction that he brought to such not-good films as Red Dragon, the Rush Hour series, and X-Men 3: Seriously Can You Believe How Bad We Screwed This Franchise Up With This One?. And it appears that the trailer features one other thing—an offensive remark about epileptics.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
Tower Heist director Brett Ratner has apologized for a joke about epilepsy that was included in the trailer for his upcoming action-comedy, which stars Eddie Murphy and Ben Stiller.
The apology comes after actor Greg Grunberg, whose 15-year-old son Jake has epilepsy, called for a boycott last week.
To make things clear, in the film, Murphy refers to Stiller’s character as “little seizure boy.” The comment prompted the Lost, Heroes and Love Bites actor Grunberg, “whose 15-year-old son Jake has epilepsy,” to boycott the film and tweet the following:
“TERRIBLY OFFENSIVE TRAILER for #TowerHeist – Making fun @ people w/ seizures is NOT FUNNY & WRONG! “Seizure Boy!” REALLY? #Boycott RT.”
Ratner quickly responded with, “I am so sorry you are offended. … I sincerely feel bad,” which then led to Grunberg retracting his boycott, and declared Tower Heist a “hilarious film”—though he did then later tell ABC News that the joke was “irresponsible, ignorant and not funny.”
So there you have—Brett Ratner finally managed to create something more offensive than just his bland direction.
What do you think of the epilepsy comment in the film?