Author Ray Bradbury has ripped into filmmaker Michael Moore for using the title “Fahrenheit 9/11” for his new Bush-bashing movie, an obvious takeoff on the 84-year-old’s science-fiction classic “Fahrenheit 451.”
Judging by an interview with the author conducted by the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, Bradbury is steamed.
“Michael Moore is a screwed a–hole, that is what I think about that case,” Bradbury said according to an English translation of the story. “He stole my title and changed the numbers without ever asking me for permission.”
Continued the author: “[Moore] is a horrible human being – horrible human!”
Michael Moore and wife Kathleen Glynn (photo: Oscar.com)
When asked if he agrees with Moore’s political positions, Bradbury replied, “That has nothing to do with it. He copied my title; that is what happened. That has nothing to do with my political opinions.”
According to the Swedish daily, Bradbury said he had tried to discuss the issue with Moore several months ago, but that the director avoided him.
“I called his publisher. They promised he would call me the same afternoon, but he didn’t,” Bradbury is quoted as saying.
The author also claimed Moore ruined Wesley Clark’s chances of being president with a “kiss of death.” When the filmmaker charged President Bush with reneging on his military service, Bradbury explained, the former general should have distanced himself.
“He slandered the president to General Clark, and Clark allowed him to do it,” Bradbury said. “Clark should have said: ‘Don’t say that. It is not true.’ That day Clark lost his chance to become president.”
Bradbury dismissed any chance of the title being changed at this point:
“Who cares? Nobody will see his movie. It is almost dead already. Never mind, nobody cares.”
Moore’s film won the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival last month and is scheduled to hit theaters on June 25.
Of the Cannes award, Bradbury told the paper: “I have won prizes in different places and they are mostly meaningless. The people there hate us, which is why they gave him the d’Or. It’s a meaningless prize.”
According to the report, Bradbury refused to say if he would take legal action against Moore.