McTiernan’s involvement in The Red Dot hasn’t been widely
publicized (or even particularly acknowledged), which is a shame,
especially considering it’s his first filmed project in a whopping
14 years. (His last movie was the rainy Rashomon-on-a-military
base thriller Basic.) McTiernan’s inauspicious reemergence leads
to a couple of bigger questions: Where, exactly, has he been? And
what makes this ad so special?
To answer the first question, you have to go back to 2006, when
Anthony Pellicano, a private eye with ties to some of the most
powerful people in Hollywood, was arraigned on federal
wiretapping charges. It was the conclusion of both a
three-year investigation and Pellicano’s 30-day stint in prison
for illegally keeping explosives in his West Hollywood office. The
resulting trial would eventually embroil some of Hollywood’s
biggest executives (Michael Ovitz and Brad Grey) and shiniest
stars (Tom Cruise and Chris Rock). At the time, Vanity Fair
described the scandal as Hollywood’s Watergate.
But only one member of the Hollywood elite would actually get sent
to prison for to his relationship with the notoriously scuzzy
Pellicano: John McTiernan.
Good to have McTiernan back.