Friday, May 19, 2006


Halle Berry and Hugh Jackman popped up on Chris Moyles' breakfast show yesterday morning to drum up some interest in their new X-Men movie. It, um, didn't go as well as it could have:

Chris was pretending to be James Bond’s double when the spat erupted. He put on an American accent and told Halle and her X-Men co-star Hugh Jackman: “Put your hands up in the air.”

Hugh asked: “Are you a some kind of Brooklyn Bond?”

Moyles replied: “I’m a black American guy. A big fat black guy.

“Put your hands up — I don’t wanna be shooting yo ass.”

But Halle, 39, sniped: “Are we having a racist moment here?”

Moyles, 32, said: “No, no. Not at all. I just can’t do American accents.”

So, apparently, "I'm a big black guy and I'm going to shoot you" might not sound quite so stereotypical if you get the accent right? It doesn't sound as if Moyles was trying to be intentionally offensive, but this does have the feel of one of those radio moments that wouldn't have happened if there'd been a chance to think it through.

On the other hand, Berry making a film called BAPS... well, that was always going to be a red rag:

When she told him it stood for Black American Princesses, he replied: “It means something else over here.”

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