On the heels of his racist rant directed at a pair of comedy club hecklers, former Seinfeld star Michael Richards has found that the notoriety is working in his favor.
The comedian, best known for his outrageous Kramer character, has been contacted by Mel Gibson’s production company, which is interested in using Richards’ comedic sensibility and immunity to common sense in an upcoming feature film. Richards has been tapped to play the lead role in “Guess Jew’s Coming To Dinner”, a loose remake of the 1967 Sidney Poitier film of similar name. Screenwriter and Director Gibson describes the plot:
My fantasy narrative centers on a fictional visit by Sammy Davis, Jr. (Richards, in black-face) to the home of an upper-crust family. He’s there for Thanksgiving, and during the meal the patriarch of the family, played by me, has a few too many and says some silly things about Jews that he doesn’t really believe. Then the mother gets really angry with the father and drops a few n-bombs. There’s a whole big mixup before they all begin to realize that underneath the skin, they are all united by their fear of homosexuals. It’s a heartwarming comedy that urges us to give the people we love a second chance. I think that’s the message I really want people to take home from this movie: we’re human and we make mistakes, but we can forgive and forget, right?
Richards agreed with Gibson’s sentiments, adding “What’s really important to remember is that the mother and father are not racist or anti-semitic. By the end of the film, my character is able to understand that people aren’t always responsible for what they say when they’re drunk, or just really, really mad.”
Richards concluded his remarks by pointing out that some of his very best friends are black, and that he’s sure they understood that the reference to inverted lynching was included for comedic shock value.
Gibson will produce the film under the newly-formed imprimateur of Kikeaninny Films, which is believed to be a referential tribute to the classic films of D.W. Griffith.
In a related story, Michael Richards is suing Borat for making him look like a racist.