American comedian Jamie Kennedy has given the people of Sydney a big thumbs down.Kennedy spent five months in Sydney last year shooting the action-comedy, Son of the Mask, at Fox Studios and, while promoting the film in the US in recent weeks, the Hollywood star has held little back about his beef with the city’s residents.He accused Sydneysiders of not being “real”, described the women as being “uppity”, the men as drinking too much and restaurant waiters as being overpaid and, consequently, rude.“Sydney thinks it is Paris* but it is really Nebraska,” Kennedy told Canada’s Toronto Star newspaper in one interview.His views continued to be aired while a guest on US TV talkshows – including the top-rating Tonight Show with Jay Leno – and while sitting down for interviews in Los Angeles with print journalists from around the world.
But don’t confuse this with a general dislike for Australia.
Kennedy said his grudge was not with all Australians as he enjoyed the time he spent visiting other cities.“I love the Gold Coast, I love Brisbane, I love Melbourne,” Kennedy told AAP in an interview in LA.He also liked Sydney as a city.His harsh words were for Sydneysiders.“The food is great,” Kennedy said.“The city is great. The feeling of the place is great. The beaches are great. It’s just the girls and some of the guys got on my nerves.”
Was the problem really that the girls got on his nerves..or that they wouldn’t get it on?
His face is widely-recognised when out in public in the US.Son of the Mask co-star, Traylor Howard, says that could have been Kennedy’s problem.Sydneysiders, especially the women, did not give Kennedy the star treatment he was used to.“He did not get recognised,” Howard, an American actress who lived in Bondi while shooting the film and loved Sydney, explained.“I think he was so used to the ladies recognising him. I think it had a little bit to do with it.“He had fun, but he would try to flirt with the girls, but they just weren’t as flirty over there.”
Update: Judging by the responses of some Sydneysiders, they generally don’t seem to find him particular funny either.
* And it seems that Kennedy is qualified to speak about Paris