Thursday, 10 November 2011

Probably Giving ROSPA Ideas…

Authorities in Spain have fined the producers of Hollywood film Larry Crowne
Oh, come on! It wasn’t that bad, was it?

Oh. Wait.
… for failing to ensure the lead actors Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts were wearing helmets as they rode on a scooter on the film's promotional poster.
That’s a crime, now? Well, apparently, yes.
ThinkSpain said the makers of the film had been fined more than £25,000 for the breach.
Tripictures were so surprised by the fine, they initially thought it was a joke, Cinemania reported.
It is a joke.


Macheath said...

You have to admit, its an innovative way of tackling Spain's current financial deficit; I wonder if Italy will follow suit?

If they enact it retrospectively, they could get everyone from 'La Dolce Vita' to 'The Italian Job'.

Curmudgeon said...

Of course there have never been any film posters displaying acts of murder, have there?

Mind you, it could have been worse, they could have been smoking at the same time...

The rain in Spain said...

Given the way Tinseltown works, thanks to the wonders of Photoshop there was never any person on a scooter. Or if there was, the people in the picture were either on a stationary scooter in a studio or wearing crash helmets.

Armed with a grinning mug shot of the two stars, a photo of a bike and a pretty location, it really isn't hard to put these people on the scooter in just the setting you want them. You know, enjoying the fresh air and being young-ish.

There are whole movies made where the actors never leave standing in front of a piece of green cloth, so faking a hatless couple isn't hard.

On the other hand, are we being told the Spanish authorities are a bit simple and didn't know that?

Macheath said...

TRIS; you're probably right about teh photo, but it doesn't matter whether it's faked: the law refers to "any publicity [...] that may incite excessive speed, reckless driving, situations of danger...".

Which, one might argue, includes the posters for pretty much every action film ever made - a nice little earner for the authorities; it also raises the interestingly subjective question of what, exactly, constitutes incitement.

bilbaoboy said...

Sort of pathetic stuff our current government believes we need.

Can't let the plebs think for themselves or that one can have fun.

Still, they've shot their bolt and are on the way out.

Demetrius said...

My brain hurts.

JuliaM said...

"You have to admit, its an innovative way of tackling Spain's current financial deficit..."