Wednesday, April 15, 2009

All You Zombies

This story got a bit of play last week, so apologies if you already saw it, but the combination of insanity and inanity proved irresistable to G:TB's editors.

(CNN) -- Woody Harrelson defended his clash with a photographer at a New York airport Wednesday night as a case of mistaken identity -- he says he mistook the cameraman for a zombie.

The TMZ photographer filed a complaint with police claiming the actor damaged his camera and pushed him in the face at La Guardia Airport, according to an airport spokesman.

"We're looking into this allegation and if it's warranted, we'll turn it over to the proper authorities," said Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Ron Marsico.

The photographer, who was not identified, captured the encounter on a small camera after his larger one was broken.

Harrelson, who is being sued by another TMZ photographer for an alleged assault in 2006, did not deny his involvement.

"I wrapped a movie called 'Zombieland,' in which I was constantly under assault by zombies, then flew to New York, still very much in character," Harrelson said in a statement issued Friday by his publicist.

With my daughter at the airport I was startled by a paparazzo, who I quite understandably mistook for a zombie," he said.

That last sentence is my favorite part. Of course it's quite understandable. Happens to me nearly every day. I've just been lucky to avoid gruesome death or assault charges. Carry on, Woodman, we need more of you.

13 comments:

TJ said...

Oh, sure, absolutely understandable that a photographer would look like a zombie.

Whitney said...

He should have gone with "vampire"; because they cannot be photographed, they have been found to make excellent photographers. Finger over the lens? No problem! Many in the paparazzi are indeed Transylvanians.

Whitney said...

I have a question -- can Native American celebrities get away with beating the crap out of paparazzi idiots because of their belief that being captured in a photograph means your soul is stolen? Seems like a way better argument than "I thought he was a zombie."

Whitney said...

I have a follow-up question: Whom exactly did I have in mind when I wrote "Native American celebrities"?

Maybe Lou Diamond Phillips? Val Kilmer?

rob said...

notah begay?

zoltan said...

I need a publicist to come up with lines like that for me.

TJ said...

Well, under the provisions of this bill, we would snatch two hundred thousand acres of Indian land, which we have deemed unsuitable for their use at this time. They're such children.

Dave said...

is "zombieland" also based on a true story?

Dave said...

i wonder if it will be as good as "copland"?

did anyone read "preide and prejudice and zombies" yet? it's supposed to be quite good.

Marlin said...

Gordon Lightfoot will kick your ass if you try to photograph him.

TR said...

Christiano Ronaldo just absolutely drilled a shot from 35 yards away to put Man U up 1-nil in the 7th minute.

zoltan said...

Is he related to El Reynoldo?

rob said...

ad hoc jerry was right, it's a feast of mid-tier sporting fun tonight. two playoff hockey games, champions league delayed action, handful of baseball tilts. alright.