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Roger Ebert smacked by another movie critic



Tbdrogerebert091208 Chicago Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert was smacked around by a fellow critic at a weekend press screening at the Toronto Film Festival. Surprisingly, it wasn't the St. Pete Times' Steve Persall.

As the lights went down at a showing of Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, "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!' " the New York Daily News gleefully reports.

A couple of minutes later, "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 victim was the 66-year-old Ebert, who had been tapping New York Post critic Lou Lumenick on the shoulder to signal Ebert couldn't see. Because, you see, Ebert can no longer speak after so much treatment for thyroid and salivary gland surgery.

The Daily News says Lumenick seemed surprised he had just battered a legendary peer, but following through with his adult behavior, he didn't bother to apologize. But Ebert still liked the movie.

[Photo: With wife Chaz last year. Getty Images]


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:00am]


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