Jason Russell wants you to understand that he is not the nutcracker you still think he is.
It’s been seven months since a video capturing a naked Jason Russell ranting maniacally on the streets of San Diego and even masturbating has gone viral leading to the documentary film maker seeking solace in a mental clinic where he was able to eventually calm down and gather his thoughts.
That said the video did cast aspersions as to the character and nature of his being that Mr Russell is very well aware of and has now attempted to address as he is set to come out with his latest effort, this time a documentary about Ugandan Warlord Joseph Kony.
Telling Oprah Winfrey last night on her show, ‘Oprah Next Chapter,’ the film maker reflected the following:
“It’s hard to explain if people have never had an out of body experience, but it really wasn’t me. That wasn’t me, that person on the street corner ranting and raving and naked, is not me. That’s not who I am.”
That may well be true, but it could also just be a clever
desperate attempt on Mr Russell’s part to explain behavior that many found alarming and disturbing and casting aspersions as to the real nature of his being.
Offered Mr Russell when pressed by the Today show this Monday morning:
‘“My mind couldn’t stop thinking about the future. I literally thought I was responsible for the future of humanity. It started to go into a point where my mind finally turned against me and there was a moment where, click, I was not in control of my mind or my body.”
Asked what he thought led to him running around and being naked on the streets Mr Russell offered the following:
“I thought, ‘I have to get to New York in the next 12 hours.’ That’s what I thought. Because I have to stop the war. So I ran out to the front and I think I was trying to ask cars to take me to the airport. In my underwear.”
Which on some level might be true but many have wondered if the meltdown had more to do with a war that he was fighting with his own identity and perhaps even his own sexual identity as the floodgates opened and he could no longer repress desires to give into his homosexual desires. Something that to date Mr Russell has publicly denied.
With respect to him masturbating on the streets, Mr Russell had this to say:
“I’m naked so it’s not a far extension of imagination that that would be happening but, no, I don’t remember any of that, and no one we knew there said that I was. I don’t remember anything except like a half-second. I don’t.”
With respect to claims that he is gay or closet homosexual neither Oprah Winfrey or The Today show interestingly chose to press put the filmmaker despite the fact that it was hidely held in circles that Mr Russell frequented that may have been the reason why he imploded in the first place.
Reflected the filmmaker rather opaquely:
“I grew up in theater, my parents started a large children’s theater organization, so I am animated, I am … theatrical. That’s me by nature. So when you take me, times it by ten … .”
Once again Mr Russell gives the viewer very little to go off, everything it seems was just a one off misnomer that he barely has scant recollection of, something that this author personally finds hard to believe or digest. One has to wonder if Mr Russell coming out in the public sphere once again has more to do with trying to sweep away the embarrassing incident and to attempt to rebuild his reputation as a credible film maker as opposed to a nutcracker. But then again how are we as audience members suppose to reflect on the nature of his films if he the director disavows a reflection of his own nature and pretends it was all just a moment that went awry.
“I don’t think anything can compete with the perfect storm of KONY 2012,” he said, “but we do hope that millions of people do see this next film and know that we’re still committed.”