Cancer Stricken Roger Ebert Physically Attacked by NY Post Critic!


Some crazy shiz went down at Danny “Trainspotting” Boyle’s Toronto screening for his new flick, Slumdog Millionaire, this week.

According to the NY Daily News, beloved ‘thumbs up’ critic Roger Ebert was physically attacked by a fellow critic.

Here’s what went down:

Soon after the lights went down, a source tells us, “a man in the audience started yelling, ‘Don’t touch me!’ People looked around and shrugged. Ten minutes later, the voice yells again, ‘I said don’t touch me!'”

Again, people shrugged off the disturbance. But a few minutes later, says our source, “the guy stands up in the darkness and thwacks the guy behind him with a big festival binder. He hit him so hard everybody could hear it. Everyone freaked out and turned around.”

The thwacker? New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick.

The thwackee? Esteemed Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert.

After battling thyroid and salivary gland cancer for years, Ebert, 66, can no longer speak.

“Apparently, Roger was just trying to tap Lumenick on the shoulder to signal him that he couldn’t see the movie,” surmises our source. “He was trying to ask him to move over a bit.”

Though Lumenick seemed surprised to see whom he had struck, he offered no apology, according to another source.


He didn’t apologize?

Ebert was a trouper, though. He stayed to watch the film and supposedly even wrote a little note to Boyle saying he’ll probably get an Oscar nod.

Lesson learned: take a deep breath, assess and think before you act, right?!

[Image via WENN.]

Sep 11, 2008 12:00pm PST