No, this is not some hilarious stunt being pulled by funny man Tom Green to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his cult comedy, Freddy Got Fingered. A North Carolina man really was arrested for not returning a VHS copy of Freddy Got Fingered after 15 years. James Meyers is now facing a court date for keeping the rented movie out over its due date. And the story has certainly caught the attention of comedian Tom Green, who may end up paying the man's fine.
James Meyers confirmed that he was pulled over this past Tuesday morning for driving with a broken taillight. When the cops ran his license, it came back that there was a warrant out for his arrest. His crime? Failure to return rental property, which is a Class 3 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $200. The cops who pulled the 27-year-old-man over were nice enough to let him continue driving his daughter to school.
But, James Meyers was handcuffed and taken into custody later that afternoon. Even though the video store that originally filed the complaint has long since gone out of business, the suspect was still given a April 27 court date for not returning the decades old VHS tape to J&J's Video in Kannapolis.
On Wednesday night, James Meyers was shocked to receive a call from Freddy Got Fingered star Tom Green, who also wrote and directed the gross-out comedy, which was a bomb upon its initial release, torn apart by critics and earning only $14.3 million at the box office worldwide. The comedian is currently on a stand-up comedy tour in Australia. But he said that he supports his fans and will put in a good word with the court. He then said if the fine does not exceed $200, Tom Green will pay it, stating to NYDailyMail.
"If it's 200 bucks of course I'll pay it for him, just for the principle of the thing."
Tom Green also used this opportunity to talk about the much derided film, saying it had become a true cult favorite. He adds that a lot of fans talk to him about it at his shows. Some even praise the 15 year old comedy for its absurdity. James Meyers admits that he decided to watch Freddy Got Fingered Wednesday night after getting home from his arrest, before Tom Green called him on the phone. He thinks it's still very funny and recommends it to anyone who hasn't watched it. He then went onto question the use of Police Resources in his arrest. Says the avant movie fan and sometimes DJ.
"You got the ISIS stuff going on and here I am losing half my day over a VHS tape."
James Meyers says that he was pulled over in 2002, a little over a year after he rented the VHS copy of Freddy Got Fingered, but the warrant never came up at the time. The man's father is actually a police officer. And Meyers says he spent time chatting with the other cops about various movies, including Freddy Got Fingered, while he was under arrest. The Concord Police Department was unavailable for comment. So, does this make you want to re-watch Freddy Got Fingered, which celebrates it's 15th Anniversary on April 20? We can probably guess what some of you will be doing on that date, and there isn't a better movie to accompany you in your celebrations.
I just saw this and I am struggling to believe it is real. https://t.co/GrTXoUj29X— Tom Green (@tomgreenlive) March 24, 2016