Brett Ratner appeared on G4’s Attack of the Show for just a little over six minutes, but that was plenty of time to cover a wide range of topics. The director took the time to delve into his new film, Tower Heist, the upcoming Oscars (which Ratner is producing), Occupy Wall Street (a “viral marketing” campaign for Tower Heist, according to Show co-host Kevin Pereira), and sex with Olivia Munn. Wait, what?
For those unaware of the gossip, Munn wrote in her memoir, Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, that she once saw a Hollywood director holding his “undersized manhood” while eating shrimp. It’s long been rumored that she was referring to Rush Hour director Ratner, and while he did admit on Show Thursday that he was the subject of the passage, he’s claiming that none of it’s true. And making sure to heighten the drama while he’s at it. “I used to date Olivia Munn … when she was Lisa,” said Ratner of Munn, née Lisa Munn. “That was the problem. She wasn’t Asian back then.”
But Ranter didn’t stop there: “She was hanging out on my set of After the Sunset, I banged her a few times … but I forgot her,” he said. “Because she changed her name … I didn’t know it was the same person. So when she came and auditioned for me for a TV show, I forgot her, she got pissed off and she made up all these stories about me eating shrimp and masturbating in my trailer. And my shortcomings. She talked about my shortcomings. I get it. She’s bitter.” (Munn’s rep has yet to respond to EW’s request for comment regarding Ratner’s words.)
(UPDATE: Ratner now says he lied about having sex with Munn: “She’s actually talented. The problem is I made her look like she’s a whore.”)
Serious props to Pereira, who changed the mood of the gossip-y conversation by responding, “To be fair, you did ask for a shrimp cocktail in the green room today.” Ratner did, however, have one nice thing to say about Munn… sort of. “I think she’s a lovely nice girl. It’s not the same girl that I met, actually. Olivia and Lisa are two completely different girls.”
So there is a real-life Fauxlivia! (Did “Lisa” have bangs?) Your move, Munn.
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CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this post, EW incorrectly stated that Munn says in her book that she dated the unnamed director. We regret the error.