Somewhere along the way during the press circuit for “Tower Heist” last fall, Brett Ratner‘s brain malfunctioned. In a string of high publicized incidents, the director managed to brag about banging Olivia Munn, tell a Q&A audience that rehearsals were for “fags” before going on “The Howard Stern Show” and giving a no holds barred account of: his sperm count; how condoms strangle his cock; throwing baloney on a girl’s ass; his preference for how vaginas are groomed; how he sends a woman to his doctor before he sleeps with them; and a detailed account of the time he was caught screwing a Victoria Secret’s model only to be walked in on by his then girlfriend Lindsay Lohan. We’re not making this up (listen to it here). Needless to say, he got in all kinds of hot water and had to step down as producer of the Oscars. But Ratner is plotting his comeback trail.
The helmer has already signed on to direct a thriller pilot over at Fox, and how’s lining up a couple more gigs. First up, Variety reveals that to make amends for his unfortuante, offhand comments regarding rehearsals, Ratner will helm a video campaign for GLAAD. The spot will essentially have Ratner gathering up a bunch of his celeb buddies and have them “come out of the closet” in support of equality. Simple enough. Ratner hopes that “minds and hearts are opened by what we create” – a tall order because none of his movies have been able to that.
The director will also go back to his music video roots as New York Daily News reports he’ll get behind the camera for “Follow The Leader” for Jennifer Lopez. The high concept and expensive sounding video will find Jenny from the block making her way through “an urban outdoor adventure game” (we don’t know what that means either). This one is coming soon and will premiere during “American Idol” (of course) at the end of March or in early April.