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2003 - Vincent Gallo isn't happy with Brown Bunny critics



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Actor and director Vincent Gallo wasn't pleased with the negative reaction to his film The Brown Bunny during the 2003 Cannes Festival. The film - which included lengthy wordless scenes of Gallo driving, and another explicit (and unsimulated) scene of him being given oral sex by Chloë Sevigny - saw many people walk out of its screening, and many of the remaining ones booing it.

Famed critic Roger Ebert described it as "the worst film in the history of the festival" - to which Gallo responded by saying that Ebert was "a fat pig". Ebert responded by saying "I will one day be thin, but Vincent Gallo will always be the director of The Brown Bunny." Gallo's response to that was to claim that he's put a curse on Ebert and caused the prostate cancer the critic was diagnosed with a few months later.

However, Gallo did seem to eventually take some of the criticisms on board - he subsequently edited almost a quarter of the running time out of The Brown Bunny, with the new version of the film winning much more positive reviews - including from Roger Ebert.

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