Quaid here with a little piece of “money where your mouth is” news.
We all know, by now, that a very early, near DVD quality workprint of X-Men Origins: Wolverine leaked onto peer-to-peer sites last week. If not, you can get caught up by reading the story HERE.
Well, a few days after that, “Fox 411″ columnist Roger Friedman wrote a review extolling the greatness of the film…and proclaiming that he saw it via an illegal download. Here is an excerpt of the now-removed article:
“I did find the whole top 10, plus TV shows, commercials, videos, everything, all streaming away. It took really less than seconds to start playing it all right onto my computer. I could have downloaded all of it but really, who has the time or the room? Later tonight I may finally catch up with Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man. It’s so much easier than going out in the rain!”
Pretty inflammatory against an industry fighting an all-out war on piracy, but Friedman also wrote in his column that Wolverine was better than Iron Man and The Dark Knight.
It would seem that this put Fox in a predicament between allowing one of their own to provide good publicity for the movie and upholding their firm anti-piracy policy.
Fox put out a press release condemning Friedman’s actions, and now, according to Deadline Hollywood Daily, they have taken the ultimate step in firing the columnist.
Which seems to be a no-brainer. I’m not sure how a professional columnist could think that there would not be severe consequences for proclaiming yourself an unapologetic pirate, especially in such a high-profile case.
As for the rest of the X-Men drama, Fox is still working with the FBI to prosecute the parties responsible.