If, like me, you were fantasizing about a buddy film starring R. Kelly and Roman Polanski as cellmates who get hilariously disfigured during a botched prison escape attempt, then I’m sad to say, it must remain an unfulfilled fantasy. Roman’s not in danger of getting thrown in American prison at the moment, because he’s afraid to leave France. So, even though his newest film An Officer and A Spy is premiering at the Venice Film Festival tomorrow, he won’t be there because Italy would extradite his ass. But Roman being Roman, still managed to take the opportunity to once again reiterate his status as the 20th (and 21st) century’s most aggrieved man.
Deadline reports that rather than don a trench coat and Groucho glasses to sneak into Italy undetected, Roman sat for an interview with French novelist Pascal Bruckner, who “is clearly an ally”, and submitted it with the film’s press notes. At one point during the interview, Pascal asked Roamn how he planned to “survive the present-day neo-feminist McCarthyism”. Sorry to say his answer was not “self immolation”.
Soon after comes Bruckner’s most remarkable question, “As a Jew who was hunted during the war and a filmmaker persecuted by the Stalinists in Poland, will you survive the present-day neo-feminist McCarthyism which, as well as chasing you all over the world and trying to prevent the screening of your films, among other vexations got you expelled from the Oscars Academy?”
Imagine being vexed so. Terrible and unfair. Now imagine being drugged and vexed at age 13 by a world famous 43-year-old man. Somehow worse, right?
Polanski responds, “Working, making a film like this helps me a lot. In the story, I sometimes find moments I have experienced myself, I can see the same determination to deny the facts and condemn me for things I have not done. Most of the people who harass me do not know me and know nothing about the case….My work is not therapy. However, I must admit that I am familiar with many of the workings of the apparatus of persecution shown in the film, and that has clearly inspired me.”
Ok, who’s been harassing Roman? Show yourselves! He’s just trying to live his life in peace at 37 Rue De Merde-Tete, Poulet Faucon, France. If you see him in the village, please do not throw rotten tomatoes at him before asking him about his side of the story.