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Joe Francis Threatens to Sue Over 'Piranha 3D' Parody

I know most of you probably don't have Piranha 3D on your must-see radar, so let me tell you about it. Umm, people die by fish who come at you in 3D. I'm guessing probably one or two people are saved. Someone always has to be saved so they can make a sequel.

Anyway, Jerry O'Connell is in the movie, and he had been going around saying that his soft-porn-underage-filming and drinking character was Joe Francis. He has since been told to say that it is a character based very loosely on Joe Francis.

For some reason, Joe does not like to be portrayed for who he is, so he had his lawyer send a nasty letter to The Weinstein Company, who is releasing the film. Apparently his lawyer is concerned about Joe Francis' name and reputation. Seriously? What kind of reputation does the guy have? Is there anyone out there who has something positive to say about him? Is some character in a movie really going to tarnish his image?

Joe even got all high and mighty with The Hollywood Reporter when he said, "I appreciate a good parody as much as the next guy, but to associate me with drugs and the filming of underage girls crosses a definite line." What kind of line does it cross? Why exactly did you go to jail, Joe?


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