Barnaby Monk 1:14 p.m., June 19
Drive Sparks Fan to Toss Hot Dog at Tiger Woods
How is it that a film about a stunt-driver who picks up a little money on the side as a leadfoot getaway man for the mob can stir up so much controversy?
First there was the meshugana from Michigan who sued FilmDistrict over what she deemed Drive's deceptive trailer. Sarah Deming also leveled accusations of antisemitism against the film's depiction of "criminal violence against members of the Jewish faith."
Now, a Petaluma golf enthusiast is calling Drive his inspiration for hurling a hot dog at Tiger Woods during last week's Frys.com Open. My knowledge of golf is limited to the following two phenomena: the SCTV parody of The Bob Hope Desert Classic, and the fact that Joe Pesci would be making more movies if the game did not exist. Have you ever watched golf being played on TV? Tarkovsky moves at a lightning clip by comparison.
From what I gather, Tiger's putts haven't been the same since news surfaced that his wandering putz led to the breakup of his marriage. Could the hot dog have been intended as a comment on his sexual proclivity and/or ho-hum performance on the links of late?
Click to watch the TMZ video.
Brandon Kelly, a 31-year-old fan of Woods, has a perfectly logical explanation for the wiener toss: “I threw the hot dog toward Tiger Woods because I was inspired by the movie Drive, Kelly said. “As soon as the movie ended, I thought to myself, ‘I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger.'”
Hopefully, Drive will be remembered less as The Comedy Central Weenie Roast of Tiger Woods, and more as the film that led Albert Brooks to the first of many Academy Awards!