Exclusive: Brett Ratner talks about new Polanski doc

Roman-Polanski-Rattner_lEarlier this week, Brett Ratner told BlogTalkRadio’s “Movie Geeks United” podcast that he would be producing a follow-up to the 2008 documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired – a film that yesterday became snarled in controversy after one of its interviewees recanted a confession he made in the film that would have helped Polanski’s side in the 31-year-old unlawful sexual assault case against him. The interview with Ratner was recorded just hours before Polanski’s September 26th arrest. The Rush Hour auteur tells the show that Polanski will participate in his film, although that now seems highly unlikely in light of recent events.

The “Movie Geeks United” segment will not air until this Sunday. But we have an exclusive audio clip from the show, during which Ratner vehemently defends Polanski, saying, “This case has just been going on too long and it’s just ridiculous.” Ratner adds, “The family’s forgiven him, the girl, the victim has forgiven him, the rest of the world should forgive him.”

Do you agree? Take a listen and tell us what you think about the Polanski arrest and Ratner’s comments.

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  • MC

    It doesn’t matter who has forgiven him–Polanski committed a crime and then fled from sentencing. I guess what this says to criminals is that if you evade capture for as long as possible and so long as everyone forgives you, you can get away with it. Honestly, it is despicable the number of people who are supporting Polanski. Having sex with a 13 year old (which Polanski admitted to) is rape no matter what the circumstances–being a famous and talented director doesn’t change that!

  • CP

    He absconded w/o being sentenced. He should have to complete his sentence (whatever that may be). Who cares if a bunch of Hollywood people have overlooked his pedophilia?

  • Peggy

    What makes this sexual assault case “unlawful”, Chris? He raped a 13-year-old girl and fled the country. It doesn’t matter if the victim has forgiven him – the law doesn’t forgive rape and being able to run away from your problems because you’re rich and connected in Hollywood. The fact of the matter is that it is ILLEGAL to have sex with a 13-year-old girl in any circumstances in California, no matter if he hadn’t drugged and raped her as well. The fact that Hollywood has forgiven him so easily speaks to the entire community’s disconnect with reality.

    • Chris

      That was the official charge: “unlawful sexual assault”.

  • Jelana

    Hollywood has really circled the wagons around this guy who forcibly raped and sodomized a child, and then fled the country at the mere possibility of serving time in prison. He’s an amazingly brilliant director. He’s also a dirtbag who never accepted real responsibility for his disgusting crime. I wonder what all of these directors and actors defending him are telling their sons? If you’re a good enough artist, go forth and rape?

  • JustMe

    Wow! Why are people even debating if he should go to jail after all this time? Just because he made a few good films? A few! All I hear about is Rosemary’s Baby, The Pianist and Chinatown!!! THREE movies, that keep getting repeated over and over. How many of y’all seen those? I know many more deserving directors out there that need attention, NOT THIS scumbag! What he did was ILLEGAL and awful. Raping a 13 year old, a CHILD! And then running away cause he knew what he did was wrong and didn’t want to pay for it. If he was a good man as people say he is just like his direction, then he would stand up like a REAL MAN and own up to his faults and do what is right. With all these Hollywood people backing him/defending him, many whom are role models to kids, what does it teach these kids? Sure, go out and do forth whatever you want to do and if it’s illegal, so what! I agree with Jelena below. He isn’t any better then the men already sitting in the jail cells with the same crime he committed. A rapist is a RAPIST, no matter your “work” background.

  • Julie E.

    Oh, what a surprise that Brett Ratner is defending him–he’s always seemed like a person of so much integrity. Not.
    Ratner, I want to hear your idiot opinions even less than I want to see your crappy movies. Go away now, please.

  • Jesse

    Of course, Ratner would defend him. He is odious. I am boycotting any project by these Polanski defenders.

  • Pedophile Priests

    We’ve forgiven him. The persecution has got to stop. It was 30 years ago.

  • Mel

    Forgiveness doesn’t equal freedom from consequences. I’ve forgiven the man who assaulted me, but that doesn’t mean what he did was okay. If Polanski committed a crime, he should accept the consequences. Period.

  • Jessica

    Mel, what you said makes perfect sense. He did not pay for his crime,he fled. it doesn’t matter if he suffered in life, a lot of people go through a lot of crap, but it doesnt mean they can rape people because of it. He has not paid, and he should, no matter how talented he may be, he is still a rapist and should pay.

  • Pedophile Priests

    Ratner is the sole voice of reason in all of this. Polanski should be forgiven. It happened a long time ago — who really cares?

  • Runaway1956

    Good grief, people – it doesn’t MATTER what Polanski may or may not have published in his defense. Criminal offenses are determined in a court of law, not in a court of public opinion. Polanski didn’t invite any one to make statements for his film that wasn’t to Roman’s liking. Get it straight – Polanski is an ESCAPED FELON. He doesn’t need a trial, he’s already had that, and pled guilty. All he needs to do, is face a judge for sentencing, then go serve his time. Let’s remember – Polanski settled with Samantha – then never paid her what he settled for. Polanski has no concept of honor. It embarrasses me that he came from the same country as my grandparents. He’s a pig, he’s no Polski.

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