Tower Heist director Brett Ratner issued an apology Monday for using a gay slur during a screening of his latest film at the Arclight Hollywood last Friday.
According to TheWrap, Ratner used the word during a Q&A with an audience member:
Q: “So you get this entire group of actors together — what was rehearsal like?”
A: “Rehearsal? What’s that? Rehearsal’s for fags. Rehearsal. Not much. A lot of prep, preparation, complex action sequences, visual effects. Storyboards, animatics. The process was I made the actors stick to the script. And they wanted to, because the script was great.”
“I apologize for any offense my remarks caused,” Ratner said in a statement to TheWrap. “It was a dumb way of expressing myself. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. But as a storyteller I should have been much more thoughtful about the power of language and my choice of words.”