'Dog' Chapman Analyzes Aniston's 'Bounty Hunter'
By Mike Ryan Posted Mar 19th 2010 12:14PM
Exclusive: We had the chance this week to attend the New York City premiere of 'The Bounty Hunter' starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. Butler plays -- you guessed it -- a bounty hunter named Milo Boyd who is given the assignment of bringing his traffic violating fugitive ex-wife (Aniston) to justice. We were perplexed at some of the bounty hunting techniques that Milo uses in the film, so we decided to get an expert's opinion. So, yeah, we asked Duane 'Dog' Chapman if Mr. Butler's tactics would fly on his team. 'Dog' is currently on tour promoting his new book, 'Where Mercy Is Shown, Mercy Is Given,' which gives a surprisingly candid account of recent events in Dog's life -- including when Dog found himself in hot water himself for using, as he calls it, "the n-word." His thoughts on his scandal, as well as Butler and Aniston's practices, after the jump.
Why would Dog want to address his "n-word" controversy again, now that the media attention has subsided? He explained, "As it started to subside, people said, 'Let's just forget it.' And I said, 'Least ye forget!' What I went through for that -- personally, psychologically, physically. I said, 'You're not going to forget that!'" Dog continued, "It's a part of my life, whether it was dark or evil or bright. So I explained [in the book] why I thought I could say it and why I don't now."
Dog feels empathy for other public figures that have been dragged over the coals recently, like Tiger Woods. Though, his empathy only goes so far, as he told PopEater: "That preacher that came from Colorado Springs who said, 'All right, let me confess that I had sex with a man and did speed,' I'd like to slap him in the mouth."
Now, it's Dog's turn to give his assessment -- and let's be honest here, Dog isn't one to mince words -- of one Milo Boyd (Butler) and the tactics that he uses in 'The Bounty Hunter' to bring Jennifer Aniston to justice.
Throwing a fugitive in the trunk of your car. Dog Says:
I wrote about that in the first book. Years ago these three guys hit L.A.; [they] robbed a bank, came outside, feds were everywhere. They went, "F**k it, let's hold court in the street," and they shot it out. All died. One of them was named Peterson I arrested [him] a year before that in Arapahoe County, Colorado. He jumped bail, I put him in the car; I put him in the backseat of a convertible. He said, "I could put my legs around you in a scissor position and throw you out of this car." I was afraid of him. I pulled over on the highway and told him, "I'm going to blow your head off, get in the trunk." And I put him in the trunk.
Chasing a fugitive that's on stilts. Dog Says:
Stupid. I would have had him so quick.
Breaking into the home of the fugitive waiting for them to arrive. Dog Says:
I did that. Years ago, there was a law that you could do that. I put this in the first book. I went inside of the house and called the FBI to let them know I was in the house. The neighbor told me he comes home at two o'clock. I'm sitting in the house when the garage door opens, he was two or three blocks away on his motorcycle when he hit his button. As I went out, the guy pulls right up, the fight is on, I nail him. Today -- after 1993 -- they made laws that if they don't see that guy in the house, you can't break and enter. But back in the day, you could do it.
Giving a fugitive you have a prior relationship with a ten second head start, for old-time's sake. Dog Says:
Never. Now, I would cuff the guy in the front. I would let him call his mother. Of course, I do that to everybody. But I've arrested every best of friend I used to have. Really, literally. So I would be a little nicer after the capture. If I know them, I would be more determined and ruthless going after them. Never a ten second head start.
Punching a cop that thinks he's better than you. Dog Says:
A lot of cops think that about me because I came up from the ranks and my hair's long. They are big brother. If the cop says,"'Dog, I want you to do 50 push ups right now! Go!" -- I'm going to do it. They are who I would really want to be. Because of my criminal past when I was a kid, I can't be them. The most respect I have for any human being alive is our president and the cops.
We then had to take the opportunity to ask Dog about his favorite fictional bounty hunters. Dog Says:
'Midnight Run' was really close to real life, and I love that show. There are some good ones. Papa Thorson, played by Steve McQueen, as a bounty hunter [in 'The Hunter'], that was a great show, too. Those are my two favorite fictional bounty hunters.
What about Boba Fett?
From "The Empire Strikes Back."
Oh, yeah. He's cool ... for the kids. I've never seen it, but my kids watch it constantly.
Well, he did capture Han Solo.
Oh, did he? What I was thinking when I saw that was, "Oh, at least there's one in the future. My job is still good."
'Star Wars' is set in the past.
The past? Oh. Well, I don't know.
Jennifer Aniston Snapshots
Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston attend the premiere of "The Bounty Hunter" at Ziegfeld Theatre on March 16, 2010 in New York, New York City. "The Bounty Hunter" New York Premiere - Outside Arrivals Ziegfeld Theatre New York, NY United States March 16, 2010 Photo by James Devaney/WireImage.com To license this image (59928993), contact WireImage.com
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