Tough-talking action hero Bruce Willis is causing an international incident.
The “Die Hard” star has been blasted by the president of Colombia as “arrogant” and “ignorant” for comments he made about that country’s illegal drug trade. At a press conference for new movie “16 Blocks,” Willis compared the Colombian cocaine business to terrorism, and said that it is “killing” the U.S.
“The United States and everyone who cares about protecting the freedoms that the largest part of the free world now has should do whatever it takes to end terrorism in the world. And not just in the Middle East,” Willis said, according to one transcript of the conferences. “I’m talking also about going to Colombia and doing whatever it takes to end the cocaine trade. It’s killing this country. It’s killing all the countries that coke goes into.”
“This is an ungrateful attitude toward Colombia’s sacrifices,” Colombian president Alvaro Uribe said, reports Agence France Presse. “This is arrogance, ignorance. This is an attitude that shocks the dignity of Colombia.” Uribe said.
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Willis' rep told The Scoop she’d have no comment on the war of words.
Lil’ Kim in the lockup
Lil’ Kim isn’t letting a little prison time get in the way of her religion.
The rapper — who was sent to jail for lying to a federal grand jury involving a shooting outside a Manhattan radio station — had to remove her hair extensions and fake nails, which aren’t allowed in prison, her brother tells talk-show host Tyra Banks.
On Wednesday’s show, Banks also reads a personal letter from Kim to fans, in which the rapper reveals that she’s been busy behind bars: she goes to church every Sunday and Bible study every Tuesday.
She’s also been reading a lot of books and reveals that “The Da Vinci Code” is her favorite.
“For the most part, all the girls on my [cell] block are cool,” Kim notes, but adds, “No matter how good I am in here, this is no place for women to be — or anyone for that matter. It has its trying times and stressful moments — it’s very unsanitary — and it can be very depressing, especially around the holidays. ... Being away from your family and loved ones is the worst part of being locked up.”
Notes from all over
“Crash” wasn’t the only upset at the Academy Awards. Paul Giamatti looked pretty upset after losing a best supporting actor Oscar to George Clooney. Cenk Uygur, host of Sirius satellite radio show "The Young Turks," reported that when he walked into the bar at the Four Seasons Sunday evening, he spotted the very unhappy looking “Cinderella Man” actor there with his wife. She was trying to console him, according to Uygur, but he was inconsolable. “I just want to get some sleep,” he reportedly said. “Let’s get out of here.” . . . Some witches are working on a potion against President Bush. More than 5000 Wiccans and their supporters have signed a petition demanding that the president recognize Wicca and other forms of witchcraft “as a true and valid religion as defined by national law.” If he doesn’t, they say, they’ll file a civil-rights suit. . . . .Who’s going to get whacked on the final season of "The Sopranos"? It’s a question being asked not just by fans of the show, but gamblers as well. PinnacleSports.com, an online betting site, has placed odds on 18 regulars in the show, and Tony Soprano’s nephew, Christopher Moltisanti — with 8/1 odds — is a prime candidate to swim with the fishes. Loyal Soprano crew members Bobby Bacala and Patsy Parisi are both 9/1 favorites to be killed-off first. Tony, Carmela, AJ and Meadow appear safe for the time being, and are the biggest underdogs to get whacked at 90/1 odds.
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