KTLA’s Sam Rubin has been one of THEE premiere entertainment reporters on the Los Angeles local news scene for centuries and goddammit, he deserves some respect and doesn’t need some PR person telling him to fast forward his mouth to the next question and to stay on topic. But that’s exactly what a PR person did to him at the junket for Ben Affleck’s new movie The Accountant. If you’ve seen the trailer for The Accountant, you probably thought it was just an H&R Block commercial where Ben does a parody of his bro-friend Matt Damon’s old characters from The Bourne Identity and Good Will Hunting. But it’s a real movie.
Sam Rubin is the wreck who mistook Samuel L. Jackson for Laurence Fishburne, so he deserves some credit for not mistaking Ben Affleck for an Easter Island Statue. But the PR people at The Accountant junket in L.A. didn’t give him any credit for that and instead told him to stick to the movie when he asked Ben about what it’s like always being in the tabloids. Sam wasn’t having that and instead of talking about the movie on Tuesday, he melodramatically ranted about the unprofessional and “shocking” treatment that went down during the junket.
Sam said that on top of a “PR dope” shutting down one of his questions, he spit out an, “AH NEVAH!”, when he went to pick up a copy of the interview and watched studio people editing another reporter’s interview.
“They were taking out a remark he had actually made of his own freewill and cutting it out of the interview they were giving to somebody, because they think you might not understand it, you might not get Ben’s sense of humor, it might make him look bad.”
Sam ended his rant by saying that The Accountant is dead, buried and decomposed to him:
“If you had told me ahead of time you were going to restrict my questions or if you told me ahead of time these interviews were subject to your editing and control even after the interview took place. I would never have gone to your junket. I would never have been involved with promoting a movie that’s trying to censor reporters covering the movie.
You will never hear me mention this movie ever again.”
The Accountant looks like something the head bitches at Warner Bros. gave the greenlight to after the accounting department told them that they need a major flop for tax purposes. Hmmm… Maybe that’s why the movie’s PR people pissed Sam Rubin off. They knew that if they piss Sam Rubin off, he’ll publicly blacklist it and then NOBODY on earth will pay to see it and it’ll be the biggest flop of the year. I see you, Warner Bros., and I’m giving you a standing ovation for that well played move.
And here’s the other Beefy Ben struttin’ his tits and ass in NYC this morning.