If you’re into entertaining podcasts and great interviews, then you need look no further than Movie Geeks United on BlogTalkRadio. One of their popular offerings is called the “Director Series” where they focus on some of the greatest directors ever to exist, their careers, and their lives. One of the recent interviews that they did is for their show will look at perhaps the most controversial director we know: Roman Polanski.
As you all know, Polanski was recently arrested in connection to infamous 1977 case which convicted him of having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Because of these stunning developments, the interview — which was conducted hours before news of Polanski’s arrest was reported — looks to contain some very interesting information, and perhaps some new layers to the chaos.
Hosts Jamey DuVall and Geeks of Doom’s own Jerry Dennis spoke to a multitude of people, including Brett Ratner (Rush Hour); Bobbie Oâ€™Steen, the wife of Romanâ€™s late editor, Sam Oâ€™Steen (Chinatown, Rosemaryâ€™s Baby, Frantic); cinematographer William A. Fraker (Rosemaryâ€™s Baby); and critic Keith Uhlich. They will also refer back to a 2008 interview that they had with Marina Zenovich, director of the documentary Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.
Ratner seems like an odd name in the mix, but he’s actually rather connected. He cast Roman in Rush Hour 3 and was approached by Zenovich to be part of the sequel to her Wanted and Desired documentary.
So now Marinaâ€™s asked me to produce the sequel to Wanted and Desired, because so much has happened because of that film. And probably the case is going to go to the Supreme Court.
I think Marinaâ€™s such a brilliant filmmakerâ€¦Iâ€™m lucky to be working with her. So Iâ€™m producing the sequel to Wanted and Desired.
Ratner has also already had to clarify on some comments he has made regarding the situation. He was recently quoted as saying â€œThe family has forgiven [Polanski]. The victim has forgiven him. The rest of the world has forgiven himâ€¦ The L.A. judicial system is corrupt. Itâ€™s horrible,â€ and though it is true that the family and the victim have stated multiple times that they’re past this and want it to go away permanently, some did question Ratner’s words. He went on to clarify to BlogTalk:
I wish to clarify my previous comments on the Polanski matter so there is no misunderstanding as to what I meant.
When Roman pled guilty in 1978, the prosecution, the judge, and the defendant all agreed to the sentence. But after he entered his plea, Roman learned that the judge did not intend to honor the previously-negotiated deal that triggered his plea.
This is what I was referring to when I recently said the judicial system seemed â€˜corruptâ€™ in this case. It was not my intention to discredit the present California legal system or the District Attorneyâ€™s office.
This upcoming spotlight on Polanski is looking to be the place for those who are interested in the case and learning a lot more. You can listen to the show on October 4, 2009 at Movie Geeks United’s BlogTalkRadio page.