Friday, April 19, 2024

UPDATE Mel Gibson’s “Fat Man” Movie Bombs in 2nd Week Even After “Good Morning America” Shills For It


SUNDAY NOV 22 UPDATE “Fat Man” took in just $51,266 in its second weekend, for a total of $192,501 on 177 screens. It’s a bomb, just like Mel’s other movies from the last decade or more, like “The Beaver.” Now it goes to Video on Demand, where only mental patients would plunk down 20 bucks to see it. Appearing on “GMA” didn’t help.

EARLIER First, let’s ask: why is Mel Gibson welcome on “Good Morning America”? A noted racist, Gibson was allowed to promote his flop, “Fat Man,” with Michael Strahan, a Black man who should know better. I can’t imagine Robin Roberts getting that interview. She’s at least a journalist.

Yet, there Gibson was back on “GMA” pushing “Fat Man,” which made $140,000 in theaters last week and has the usual terrible reviews. This time he was accompanied by the obnoxious 15 year old from the movie, Chance something. I cannot stand this kid. On “GMA” he rattled off his rote PR notes like a pro and it was scary. He talks like he’s been programmed by a studio brainwashing team.

Three years ago Gibson appeared on “GMA” to tout “Hacksaw Ridge.” He told them then that “Lethal Weapon 5” was in the works. This week, Strahan asked him again about a movie that will never happen. This time Gibson said it was definitely happening and that Richard Donner. age 90, was working on it.

Though we all love Dick Donner, this is not going to happen for so many reasons. First of all, there’s so sign of it “in the works.” Second, the new people at Warner Bros. aren’t stupid. They would never invite that kind of bad PR. Also, Danny Glover? He’s 74, and looks it. He’s not running around, even for stupid money. And then there’s Mel, who’s box office poison, and human poison.

Keep trying, Mel. And good work, “Good Morning America.” It’s nice to see a racist, homophobic, anti-Semite on your show.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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