Breitbart told us that in his view, Wright not only betrayed Dollard by exaggerating his sickness but that he also used material that was supposed to be off the record. Last January, Breitbart accepted an invitation from his friend Ann Coulter to visit the set of the television show 24, which has been celebrated in some conservative circles. Breitbart asked his father-in-law, Orson Bean, to come along. Afterward, Breitbart hosted what he describes as an impromptu gathering at his house on the west side of Los Angeles. Dollard was invited, but, according to Breitbart, Wright was not. He turned up nonetheless, and Breitbart says he let him in with the express understanding that the evening had to be off the record.
In Wright's piece, Breitbart's gathering was presented as a "conservative coming-out party" for Dollard. Breitbart says the crowd "leaned to the right" but included a political mix. And he is particularly irked that Wright described Coulter diving into the guacamole in such a way that seemed to allude to Coulter's alleged anorexia. When Wright appeared that evening, Breitbart says, Coulter uneasily asked whether he could be trusted, making the alleged breach even more painful to him.
And that's not all. Breitbart says the piece "eliminated [Dollard] from being adopted by maybe the White House and the traditional right wing as a savoir, a truth-teller, and a hero, because they think he's icky." He believes Wright deliberately played up Dollard's issues because he knew that would win favor with Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. "Evan wanted to create a myth that served Graydon's anti-war views," Breitbart says. "He took a very cartoonish route, and he served his liberal master."
Wright declined repeated requests to comment on these allegations.
Breitbart still believes that, having spent so much time in the field, Dollard has footage the likes of which has never been seen by American audiences. So Breitbart thinks that Dollard can transcend the "parochial world" of the usual right-wing talk circuit if all goes well—that is, if Dollard can keep it together and finish his film. But he fears that Wright, by playing into Dollard's "history of aspiring to be a sort of a rock star/porn star," has not helped the cause.
Breitbart also holds onto hope that if Tony Scott's movie tells the right story, Dollard will emerge triumphant. He worries because, since the Vanity Fair piece came out, a number of Hollywood types have asked about Dollard for all the wrong reasons. "They are just enthralled by the decadence of it all," he says. But if Scott's version is good, Breitbart says, "Dollard—however flawed—will become a mythological entity, and the college set and youth will look at him as someone to revere and follow in boldly seeking the truth." ( link)
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
New School: "The Landlord," a hot new video on the new Web site FunnyorDie.com, features no less a talent than Will Ferrell. The short ersatz-amateur video depicts the A-list comedian as a slacker behind on his rent, confronting his angry landlord Pearl, an adorable toddler who obviously doesn't quite talk yet but can parrot lines that some, uh, adult, has fed her.
Somehow we are not amused by a tiny child who utters such lines as "A------!" and "Bitch! Bitch! Bitch!" while pretending to be drunk, beer bottle in hand. (At the end, she utters a rather plaintive, "Mommy.")
The Funny or Die Web site is all about the money, honey. According to the Hollywood Reporter, it's a collaboration hatched by Sequoia Capital and Gary Sanchez Productions, which is Will Ferrell's company with partner Adam McKay. CAA had a hand in brokering the deal, as did Ferrell's manager-on-steroids, Jimmy Miller. Sequoia has delivered a lot of early funding to big players, including YouTube.