Terry George Remembers Being Down Under Rupert Murdoch

Terry George

Terry George, having a bad memory.Photo: Getty Images

I used to work for New York Magazine,” Terry George told us upon seeing our “New York” Scotch-taped to a barricade at the premiere of his movie Reservation Road. “I was a fact-checker,” the Hotel Rwanda director added. With that Irish storytelling gene, George dredged up a memory of his days toiling at this rag. “You can print this: I was kneeling down at the cupboard where all the New York Timeses were kept, because it was before LexisNexis and all that,” he explained. “And as I’m kneeling down, I feel these executives stepping over me, and I turned around and looked up, and there’s Rupert Murdoch stepping over so he could go into the executive office. One of my bigger regrets in life is that I didn’t bite his balls off then, you know.” Joaquin Phoenix, who stars in Reservation Road, had a different reaction when he saw our name tag on that red-carpet barricade. “I love this, by the way,” he told us. “That they have you here, corralled. —Bennett Marcus

Terry George Remembers Being Down Under Rupert Murdoch