A photographer named Essam Deraz, who had unprecedented access to Osama bin Laden in the late 80’s, is suing American filmmaker Michael Moore for using his footage in “Fahrenheit 9/11” without compensation.
There’s something Moore is going to have to get used to. He gained fame with “Roger & Me”, which was basically a “nobody” following around one of the most powerful men in corporate America and badgering him with “you make a gazillion dollars a year while some of your people live in squalor after you shut down plants” comments and displays. Now Moore’s got money, and people, just like Moore was years ago, are after those with cash for being hypocritical, blinded by wealth ivory tower sludge.
Success has turned the tables, and now Moore has a hell of a lot more in common with Roger Smith, the General Motors CEO he pursued in “Roger & Me”, than the Flint, Michigan rank-and-file. Moore is starting to have to pretend that’s not the case. I know Michael and his fans think his work has been funny, but now is when the comedy really starts.