Hollywood's favorite drunk aunt Sharon Waxman, editor of TheWrap, appeared on Piers Morgan last night to lend her industry expertise on the recent deaths of Paul Walker and Nelson Mandela. Surprising to no one is the fact that Waxman offered little to no expertise whatsoever, other than touting her own unfounded conspiracy theories.
Waxman, despite her writing pedigree, seems to have a difficult time with the complicated process of stringing words together to form sentences.
You know, you do have a leading actor from a multi-million dollar, nearly two hundred million dollar production, who's disappeared in the middle, in the middle of this, who happened to have died in a, uh, car crash, when the movie itself is about high-speed car racing.
She also drops some more insider-y gems, including the otherwise unrevealed secret that Universal Pictures is carefully planning what to do about Fast & Furious 7, which was in production at the time of Walker's death, before quickly careening into her own baseless theory:
What I think they, they, they are likely to end up doing is just scrapping what they've got and starting over…which is what I reported this past week.
Waxman did indeed "report" this "exclusive" claim a week ago, stating that a studio insider has told her this is what will likely happen. According to her article, since events like accidental death are covered by insurance, cost would be no issue for the studio to start production all over again—an insanely naive view of production for any industry analyzer, much less a seasoned reporter like Waxman. A production executive overseeing the film at Universal tells Defamer that Waxman's claims are bogus, and that scrapping the footage has never been brought up as a possibility (even a remote one). TheWrap is known for its exclusives that ultimately lead nowhere: on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death, they reported that talent agency Gersh would be negotiating the sale of previously unseen footage from the shooting—video that has yet to surface.
Waxman does find her footing in later parts of the interview, talking about the death of Nelson Mandela bumping up against the release date of Harvey Weinstein's Mandela biopic, Long Walk To Freedom, though yet again she basically regurgitates facts that have already been reported upon (yes, the movie may benefit from inadvertent publicity surrounding Mandela's death; no, the movie will not move up its release date to capitalize on said publicity).
A real Hollywood expert, indeed.