Tuesday, January 11, 2005

A Whiff of BO

It's pretty fascinating to read the final 2004 Domestic Box Office reports and pretend they tell us something about our nation. Mel Gibson's splatter movie came in third, behind Shrek 2 and Spider-Man 2, which probably means theaters will be jam-packed for Jesus: The Second Coming. Fahrenheit 9/11 might have captured a zeitgeist, but we all know Germany is old Europe. Michael Moore's film was only the 16th most popular for the year, even behind an amnesiac Drew Barrymore and the Adam Sandler that loves her (note they passed on the title 50 One Nighters--there is still some restraint in this world)(if not on this blog).

Somehow the recent People's Choice Awards didn't simply name the box office champ the people's choice. As you probably heard, both Gibson and Moore got awards, but afterward only one of them said this: "What the hell are we doing in Iraq? No one can explain to me in a reasonable manner that I can accept why we're there, why we went there, and why we're still there."

Give you two guesses to figure out who, and here's a clue: his dad moved the family from the U.S. so his sons wouldn't get drafted and shipped to Vietnam. (Or so one rumor goes.)


Blogger Heraldblog said...

Mel Gibson was born Jan. 3, 1956, and was too young for the draft. I turn 50 next month, and mine was the last high school class to receive a draft number.

5:52 PM  
Blogger George said...

For clarification's sake, the rumor is that Mel Gibson's dad moved his family to Australia--Mel and his older brothers--who were old enough to be drafted.

It seems having huge broods is a Gibson thing.

9:32 PM  

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