Movie Monday: ‘The Mechanic’ with Jason Statham in wide release

Statham sizzles, but The Mechanic fizzles

It’s hard to know whether to be angry at the filmmakers or frustrated with the audience about the gay content in The Mechanic. I suppose we should be glad that gays figure anywhere in this quickie actioner, even though the portrayal is hardly flattering.

Bishop (Jason Statham, above right), an experienced hitman, is training his protege Steve (Ben Foster, above left) how to take out a rival assassin. Bishop says the bad guy is gay, so Steve — a twinkie who looks to weigh 95 pounds dripping in paving tar —seduces him. As they begin to undress each other, straight men in the preview audience emitted audible, horrified chants of “Dude!” and “Gross!” and “Ah, shit, man!” (If they were smarter, they’d be quiet and let their girlfriends get turned on.)

Two stars (out of five). Read the entire review here.

DEETS: The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland. Directed by Simon West. In wide release.

—  Rich Lopez

Rihanna and Megan Fox? That's hot!

Rihanna, left, and Megan — what a couple!
Rihanna, left, and Megan — what a couple!

Mtv’s U.K. site is reporting that sexy singer Rihanna has said she could be (is?) attracted to women, and that she’d love to play a gay assassin with just-as-sexy actress Megan Fox of “Transformers” fame as her girlfriend.

The Mtv site cites quotes on “various Web sites” in saying that Rihanna has said  “I’d love to be an assassin. Either that or a lesbian. Maybe both. Hey, a gay assassin, there’s nothing hotter than that. Megan Fox would play my girlfriend — hands down. She’s yummy. She’s hot.”

The site also had this quote from Rihanna: “All humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes. I mean, I could see myself in a relationship with a girl.”

By the way, Megan Fox has also come out as bisexual.

—  admin