Earlier today, we reported on a bit of a flame war that seemed to be stirring between Tower Heist director Brett Ratner and Olivia Munn (or Lisa, as Ratner insists on calling her.) While it was just a spark then, some recent tweets from @oliviamunn suggest that whatever is/was going on between the actress/host and the director is about to heat up.
Ratner had gone on Attack of the Show (which Munn used to co-host) to plug Tower Heist, but eventually the conversation got around to Ratner's purported affair with Munn.
In her memoir Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek, Munn reportedly discusses some kind of relationship with a certain unnamed director who shares characteristics with Ratner. Most memorably, Munn describes a scene involving Ratner (or someone a lot like him), shrimp cocktail, greasy hands, and exposed genitalia.
The book was published in 2010, but Ratner claimed on Attack of the Show that he had just that day put two and two together to realize that Munn had been talking about him.
I used to date Olivia Munn, I'll be honest with everyone here, Ratner proudly told the studio audience. When she was Lisa...she wasn't Asian back then.
[Munn was born Lisa Olivia Munn, and did indeed go by Lisa until 2006, the same year that she began working on Attack of the Show. All available information indicates that she is now, and always has been, half Chinese.]
She was hanging out on my set of 'After the Sunset,' I banged her a few times, Ratner said. But I forgot her...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, he added, gesturing. She talked about my shortcomings...I get it. She's bitter.
If Munn wasn't bitter before, she appears to be now.
The article recounts an incident with a director Munn calls the Douche. (She describes him as too fat to say chubby, not fat enough to say fat, which is pretty much right on, if this man is indeed Ratner.)
Munn claims to have only been around this man a handful of times, and claims he remembers her only because she was one of the few who escaped him without his so much as breathing on or around me.
In any event, the story is about running into him at a party sometime after she had declined an opportunity to work with him on a TV show. At the party, he confronts her to ask why she hates him and an inane exchange ensues. (The story is meant to inspire women to stand up for themselves, but it seems rather to exist only to give Cosmo an excuse to include Munn in the issue, and to give Munn a venue to attack Ratner -- unless of course there's another douchebag director with whom she has an axe to grind.
What is really going on here? It's understandable that Ratner would latch on to the story in order to get more attention for himself and by extension, Tower Heist, but why is Munn letting this guy get to her so much?