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Wilson Brothers Diss Steely Dan

Owen Wilson I should probably file this under Gossip Fodder ... or maybe You Have to be Kidding Fodder.

Variety says Steely Dan duo Walter Becker and Donald Fagen have posted an open letter to Luke Wilson on their Web site.

The "letter" pleads with Luke in stilted, hipster language ("like" is used approximately 200 times) to convince his brother Owen to apologize for his association with the recently released comedy "You, Me & Dupree."

Becker and Fagan (or the intern who wrote this ridiculous thing) feel that Owen's Dupree character is a rip-off of the title character from the Steely Dan single "Cousin Dupree." The letter is aimed at Luke because Becker and Fagan appear to believe he has some sort of mystical, Jedi-like sway over his "little brother." (Note the quotes; I'll be coming back to this.)

The letter rambles on and on, weaving muffins, Russian hitmen and an olive-branch attempt at reconciliation into a far-too-long missive (it rivals the Unabomber's manifesto in sheer girth). At its merciful conclusion, the writer(s) note that a quick scan of Wikipedia revealed that Owen is, in fact, the older of the two brothers. Rather than correct the error -- which was likely inserted intentionally as some sort of gut-busting joke -- the authors let the mistake stand. Hilarious, right?

Variety notes that neither Luke nor Owen have responded to the letter. They've ably accomplished what I've failed to do: ignore this nonsense. -- Mac Slocum


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Posted by Mac on July 24, 2006 05:59 PM
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Uhh, do you think, like, that maybe it was a joke?

-- Posted by: Josie at July 25, 2006 11:57 PM

man, you have absolutely no sense of humor and you don't even DESERVE to be reading anything from, like, the sacred mind of the Dan.

U just owned yourself.

-- Posted by: Bernie at August 17, 2006 04:17 PM

Boring. Let's eliminate humor from this sight altogether. Simple minds need simple issues. Steely Dan's lyrics and writings are too heavy for you. Up-date your resume guy.

-- Posted by: kshan at August 17, 2006 11:18 PM

You have no comprehension skills or the ability to understand wit. Cease all blogs or posts this instant!

The internet is filling up with whining people who have no fucking idea as we speak. You just went to the top of the tree full of those monkeys!

The Older/Younger brother comment was an intentinal joke. Their witty letter writing also shows why their songs have won Grammy's, because they can write!

You've been given a Steely Dan sucker punch, due to the fact that your guard is ALWAYS "down" in life! Get half a clue, and then you might have... half a clue!

-- Posted by: Stuart at August 23, 2006 09:58 PM

Amazing. Despite a lack of comprehension skills and an inability to understand wit, I still manage to breathe with regularity.

And to the folks rushing in to Steely Dan's defense, I ask: Who cares? The story was a trifle when it first appeared, it was a trifle when I wrote about it and it continues to be a trifle. Last time I checked, my opinion has the reach of a dead salamander, so I have no idea why so many undies are in so many bunches.

I haven't seen a response like this since I dissed Justin Guarini ;)

-- Posted by: mac at August 24, 2006 12:04 AM

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