How’s this for paying off your debts? In a commercial now airing, director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour) – evidently under duress – calls the New York Film Academy ”the greatest film school in the universe, bar none.” Turns out, Ratner was playing a high-stakes poker game with NYFA director Jerry Sherlock (who exec-produced The Hunt for Red October) and Pierce Brosnan, star of Ratner’s upcoming After the Sunset, and the ad is the result. ”[Jerry] said, ‘If you win I’ll give you a Rodin statue,”’ Ratner explains. ”A Rodin. It was a big hand. I said, ‘Well I’m not going to give you a piece of art, so what do you want from me?”’ He convinced the director to ante up the ad. ”So I f – -ing lost…. He called my bluff.”
Posted April 30 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT
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