A few days ago, hack director Uwe Boll challenged critics to sign an online petition to stop him from making more movies. He said if it reaches 1 million signatures, he’ll stop. Right now it’s up to roughly 165,000 posts. That’s a huge jump from the 18k+ it started with, but I don’t think it’ll make it to a million.

Boll, always the press whore, has stepped up his self-promotion while the headlines are slanted his way. There’s no such thing as bad publicity right? Not for this guy. Just to refresh your memory, here’s what he said a few days ago in a frustrated rant:

“Look, I’m not a F**king retard like Michael Bay or other people running around in the business… or Eli Roth making the same shitty movies over and over again. If you really look in my movies you will see my real genius. You have to really wake up and see me what I am, the only genius in the whole f**king business.”

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Michael Bay, also a bit of an egomaniac, responded on his forums:

I find people who rant like that – calling shit about both me, and George Clooney – comes from someone screaming because he is not being heard. He is obviously a sad being. When you ask “do I care”? Not in the slightest.

Eli Roth called it the “GREATEST COMPLIMENT EVER” on his MySpace, adding, “That is just further proof of what a genius Sasha Baron Cohen is. That’s his best character yet!”

George Clooney released this statement:

Who is this Uwe Boll? Who are any of you? I am George Clooney and I welcome all challengers. I will crush you. I will grind your bones to make my bread. I eat endangered animals and small children for brunch. Bow before me! I am George Clooney!

At least that’s what I think he said. I’m paraphrasing.

Then Uwe Boll did a radio interview with a random Internet show called Robont Radio. You can listen to it here if you’re interested. But just in case you don’t want to hear the jumbled stream of conscious of Uwe Boll, I’ll sum it up for you.

The man is legitimately upset that people won’t give his films a chance. He gave this whole back story about traveling around Germany talking with “800 dentists” to raise money to make his movies. Boll said he continues to make lots of movies (eight movies in 12 years) despite the change in German tax breaks for filmmakers, which he claims proves he’s successful. I think he’s confusing working hard with being a good director.

He does make a decent point, however. If you compare his movies to the classics, they are admittedly not as good. But he points out, if you compare them to the worst Hollywood has to offer, like “B.C. 10,000″ (as he calls it) or Catwoman, then his movies are “not so bad.”

Using that same analogy, next to Boll maybe Michael Bay is “not so bad.”

Oh, and Rob asked him, “Will you really stop if it reaches a million?” Boll stammered through a response that basically said, “Well, it’s full of people making fake names, so I don’t think so.”

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