May 12, 2009, - 4:40 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
. . .Debbie Schlussel, that’s who.
Yup, Los Angeles Times movie writer, Patrick Goldstein–who’d have nothing to do or read about if he was cured of his one-sided obsession with me (including here and here among others)–thinks I, not Bin Laden or Nasrallah, or Islamic Jihad, am the real terrorist. And it’s because he can’t stand the post I made about “Angels & Demons” and its Muslim-to-Dane-infidel assassin script change and the incredible attention it’s getting.
How did the Howard-directed thriller go from being anti-Catholic to pro-Muslim? According to early press reports, Howard apparently changed the identity of an assassin, who is Muslim in the Dan Brown bestseller, to someone who is now Danish. For the rest of us, this is — how should I put it — not such a big deal. But for Schlussel? . . . .
I don’t exactly have a direct line to Ron Howard to talk to him about his casting process. But here’s my suggestion: The next time Howard does a Dan Brown thriller, if there’s a good part for a terrorist, I think he oughta make sure Debbie Schlussel gets first crack at the job.
So let’s see, in the last two days, I’ve had tens of thousands of people read my entry on “Angels & Demons” and director Ron Howard’s decision to recast a specifically Muslim assassin as a Dane. But Goldstein says that for everyone aside from me–“the rest of us”–it’s “not such a big deal.”
Says who? The Patrick Goldstein licked finger in the air instant poll? Apparently.