Richard Johnson: Documentary about ex Hollywood fixer Anthony Pellicano ruffles feathers
Some victims interviewed for “Sin Eater: The Crimes of Anthony Pellicano” were shocked to learn that Pellicano himself is starring in the two-part documentary premiering Friday on FX and streaming on Hulu.
“It’s supposed to be about the victims — not the perpetrator,” said one casualty. “They were giving the victims a voice. That’s why I did it. These things really happened. People were harmed.”
Interviewed for The New York Times documentary were Jude Green, whose estranged husband, billionaire Leonard Green, hired Pellicano, and journalist Anita Busch, whose investigation of Pellicano was disrupted when a dead fish was placed on her car windshield.
“Hollywood’s dirtiest private investigator didn’t operate within the law to hide the sins of the rich and powerful,” says a promo for the show.
“Pellicano’s victims accused him of harassing and intimidating them — in some cases ruining their lives forever.”
Ron Meyer, who ran Universal Pictures for decades, visited Pellicano during his dozen years in prison, and is interviewed in “Sin Eater.”
But other former clients — including Sly Stallone, Steven Seagal, Tom Cruise and Mike Ovitz — avoided the spotlight.
Liam Sharpe had an advantage over other actors in landing a starring role in Amazon’s first Latin American Western, “The Head of Joaquin Murrieta.”
Sharpe is fluent in seven languages — English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Mandarin.
“My character speaks Spanish, one reason they liked me for the part,” Sharpe told me. “My Spanish is better than my Mandarin.”
Murrieta, known as “the Robin Hood of El Dorado,” was a Mexican in the California Gold Rush of the 1850s.
After he and his brother were falsely accused of stealing a mule, his brother was hanged and Murrieta was horse-whipped. His young wife was raped and died in Murrieta’s arms.
Murrieta then hunted down the rapists. But the state of California offered a $5,000 reward for Murrieta, “dead or alive.” And the California Rangers soon tracked him down.
“His head was cut off and put in a jar and exhibited in San Francisco,” Sharpe said.
The show’s first season, eight episodes, was released in February, and Sharpe expects Amazon will greenlight a second season.
Meanwhile, he’s writing a series inspired by “Game of Thrones” and “Vikings” about what would have happened if the Spaniards had been defeated in Mexico in the 1500s.
“The Spaniards lose. The Mexicans get to Europe, and Europe never takes over the world,” Sharpe said.
Eric Roberts respects Mickey Rourke’s talent, but not his work ethic.
On “The SDR Show” podcast with Ralph Sutton, Roberts, elder brother of Julia, said there are rumors of a sequel to 1984′s “The Pope of Greenwich Village.”
But Rourke looks so different now from plastic surgery, there would have to be an explanation of what happened to him.
“He’s one of the most selfish actors I’ve ever met,” Roberts said. “He shows up late every single day. He never knows a word of dialogue.” But Roberts praised Rourke’s talent.
Discussing Shelley Winters, who played his grandmother in “King of the Gypsies” (1978,) Roberts said the actress told him of her affair with Marlon Brando, “He had a very small penis, but he worked very hard.”
Tyrod Taylor — who is 33 and stuck on the Giants bench behind Daniel Jones — has a post-football plan.
The back-up quarterback has teamed up with designer Dex Robinson to launch a luxury streetwear brand called Diallo, which was celebrated over a private dinner at Katsuya and S Bar on W. 33rd St.
Said one source, “Sounds like a smart man who’s got a pretty sweet day job to begin with.”
Joining Taylor were running back Saquon Barkley, safety Xavier McKinney, cornerback Darnay Holmes and wide receiver David Sills.
Black fashion designer Ron Dyce, who has dressed Gloria Estefan’s 28-year-old daughter Emily Estefan and “Sex and the City” author Candace Bushnell, showed 90 new looks for both genders in his show at Bushwick Ballroom.
“Love & Hip Hop” star Adizia “Bambi” Richardson, also known as The Bam, was one of the nearly 100 runway models who posed in front of over 1000 people.
George Hamilton showed off his perfect tan at the opening of Isabelle Bscher’s Galerie Gmurzynska booth at the Palm Beach Show.
The still suave actor was swarmed by female fans clamoring for selfies while checking out pop artist Marjorie Strider’s depiction of pin-up girls.
The spring art season in New York kicked off with more ladies on March 1 at Charles Saffati’s Carlton Fine Arts Women in Art exhibition on Madison Avenue to celebrate Women’s History Month.
The show features Alex Katz, who just had a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, Andy Warhol’s portraits of first lady Jacqueline Kennedy and Mr. Brainwash, whose graffiti paintings include images of Marilyn Monroe and Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman.
Sir Anthony Hopkins is a long-time supporter of No Dogs Left Behind, which will open its first US sanctuary in Canton, N.Y. on Monday.
The six-time Oscar winner has been sending boxes of food to support the organization’s initiatives from his hometown in Malibu, California.
Founder Jeffrey Beri is moving in 30 dogs he saved from Ukraine, Afghanistan, and East Asia to the new 16-acre sanctuary this month.
“Opening a sanctuary in New York has always been a dream of mine,” said Beri. “With recent changes to the dog import rules which now allows dogs from 113 countries to fly into the USA, we realized the time to establish roots in the United States is now.”