Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Becker and Fagen stage intervention for Owen Wilson

I love this Associated Press story about Donald Fagen and Walter Becker's open letter to Luke Wilson about his brother Owen's performance in You, Me, and Dupree. In the letter, they ask Luke to intervene in his brother's career choices--they liked Bottle Rocket, and "Donald even liked The Big Bounce. Really!"--and say that Owen can atone for his sins by coming to the Irvine show and apologizing on stage: "...[h]e wouldn't have to grovel or eat shit or get down on his hands and knees and ask for forgiveness--we wouldn't want him to do anything he's not comfortable with--but he would have to cop to the fact that what he and his Hollywood gangster pals was wrong..." They note that Owen can bring his bongos if he wants to sit in. The AP story is played completely straight:
Becker and Fagen claim that "some hack writer or producer" heard Steely Dan's "Cousin Dupree," about a hormonal houseguest, and "when it came time to change the character's name or whatever so people wouldn't know what a rip the whole (insert explicative) thing was, they didn't even bother to think up a new (insert explicative) name for the guy!"

They go on to trash the movie (a "summer stinkbomb") and Wilson.

"Instant karma is a fact, Jack," the pair writes.

If karma doesn't get the actor, they say, then an apparent tough guy they know might.

"One time we saw this guy, with his bare hands, do something so unspeakable, that — but, hey man, let's not even let it get that way, you know?" say Becker and Fagen.

Larry Solters, a spokesman for the band's management company, declined to comment on any details beyond the letter, including whether Wilson showed up to the July 19 concert or if legal action would be taken.

They also note that their enforcer may or may not have heard of Bottle Rocket, but "there are some pretty heavy people upset about this whole thing and we can't guarantee what kind of heat Owen may be bringing down on himself." I didn't expect that this would be the #2 story on Microsoft's entertainment news listing, but I guess it's a slow day.

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Blogger Jeff'y on Sat Jul 29, 11:40:00 PM:
Oh, man, do I hate me some Owen Wilson!

(My CAPTCHA is "meyocup," which is the closest I've ever come to something real. Assuming "mayocups" were actual things.)