We here at PopWatch don’t normally give much attention to celebrities’ extracurricular shenanigans, but this whole Eddie Griffin-wrecking-a-rare-Ferrari kerfuffle smells fishy enough that we feel like we need to give a big old “Yeah, What They Said!” to the question posed by our cousins over at TMZ: Was it a hoax?
As you’ve surely heard, earlier this week, the comedian apparently totaled a $1.5 million Ferrari Enzo that he was driving for charity while promoting his upcoming film, Redline. The car belonged to Daniel Sadek, Redline‘s producer. The video of the crash — from which Griffin escaped without serious injury, fortunately — has been a hot clip all over the Internet and TV airwaves this week. Check it out below:
In response to speculation that this was a mere marketing stunt, Griffin’s publicist was quoted as saying, “It was not a hoax…. He got in an accident. He is suffering from neck and shoulder pain as a result of the accident. It was in no way a hoax.”
Well, okay. Still, nagging questions remain. Don’t you think that the car looks less than completely destroyed in the video? (Certainly, it’s in a lot better shape than this Ferrari Enzo, which a Swedish gazillionaire obliterated on the PCH in Malibu last year — and which was still worth a fortune in spare parts.) If you were a wealthy producer, would you let any old actor drive your snazzy sports car? Isn’t it odd that so many media outlets were on hand when Griffin crashed the car, and that the star and Sadek seemed utterly unmoved — actually, almost happy — when they were interviewed about the incident later? Why did the man behind the concrete barrier appear unflinching and unsurprised as Griffin nearly drove into him? And don’t you think it’s convenient that, suddenly, this indie film is getting tons of press, just weeks before its April 13 premiere, when it was completely off the radar before? Sure, that’s how publicity campaigns ramp up as release dates approach, but when you think about it, a cool $1.5 mil really is just a drop in most movie marketing budgets. We’re just sayin’…
UPDATE: Griffin insisted to Access Hollywood that the crash was no hoax. Explaining how he lost control of the car, he said a traffic cone got trapped in the tire well, locking the wheel and making him unable to steer away from the wall. As for the unflinching cameraman, Griffin said, “I remember seeing that fool. He should’ve moved’cause when that car went up in the damn air, what if it came over?”