At least Mel Gibson’s making some people happy. With every new rant tape release, there’s been a new crop of comedy bits on TV, radio, internet and, well, most anywhere people are being funny. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger got into the act, with the AP reporting that the California Governor told a group of utility commissioners in Sacramento that it looks as though BP has capped the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, but “no one has figured out how to contain Mel Gibson.” The fake Anger Management classes that have been spliced together featuring Gibson, Christian Bale and Alec Baldwin in full tilt fury are a newer twist to the half dozen or so Gibson- Bale-Baldwin phony phone calls out there.
All of which should serve as a cautionary note to celebrities everywhere: these days, if you’re recorded while screaming, it will never, ever go away. And you could find yourself in bad company, too. Just ask Kanye West, Michael Richards, Will Arnett, Glenn Beck, Lily Tomlin, Seth Green and Matt Damon, who are among the regulars in Celebrity Rant mashups on You Tube.
Too bad no one was around with a recorder when Paris Hilton had a temper tantrum in the middle of a restaurant while dining with Pam Anderson – because no one was reading the menu to her highness.
Or when Russell Crowe was so bent out of shape over his Manhattan hotel room phone not working, he ripped it out of the wall, went downstairs and hurled it at the concierge.
Or when Madonna went into a rage on the set of a Britney Spears video in which she co-starred, because her costume didn’t fit. If only that tape were available.
ON A DIFFERENT NOTE: Hayley Hasselhoff is looking forward to showing off the musical side of her performing abilities when the 16-year-old and her 20-year-old sister, Taylor, and their father, David, unveil their family reality show on A&E in November. She notes that she and Taylor “have a band together, Bella Vida, and the show will show us in the process of making our album and stuff.” That, of course, is in addition to their tabloid-ready personal lives. The pretty blond actress and model of ABC Family’s “Huge” has grown used to deflecting unwanted attention and jibes from media, she lets us know. “Why let someone bring you down when it doesn’t have to happen? My dad always says, ‘Let them do what they need to do and stay focused on what you need to do.’”