And the prize for worst not-pology goes to…

…Geoffrey Rush! It’s a tough field of contenders with a lot of really weasely apologies out there, but Rush went all out for the win. Rush treated his co-star in a play, Yael Stone, to the spectacle of taking off his clothes and dancing naked in front of her, spying on her in the shower with a mirror, and sending sexualized text messages to her, and has now offered up this stunning “apology” for his actions:

Clearly Yael has been upset on occasion by the spirited enthusiasm I generally bring to my work. I sincerely and deeply regret if I have caused her any distress. This, most certainly, has never been my intention.

I’m sort of impressed. That’s a degree of obliviousness that even I, in my cosseted male whiteness, couldn’t even aspire to. I’ll have to remember that “spirited enthusiasm” is a perfectly acceptable synonym for “sexual harassment”.


  1. EigenSprocketUK says

    I’m all for bringing spirited enthusiasm to work. But that’s not enthusiasm, and that doesn’t sound like his work.

  2. says

    I think you are maybe missing the point of his brilliant performance in the competition: his ‘spirited’ enthusiasm was cheap tequila of whisk[e]y and his meaning is merely the old “I was drunk, didn’t know what I was doing, and I don’t remember doing it…if I did” redux, or indeed resartus!

  3. gijoel says

    He’s currently suing a local rag for defamation over allegations from another actress for similar behaviour. I think his case tanked about a month ago when someone, not sure if it’s a witness said, “Oh I thought he stopped doing that.”

  4. methuseus says

    Nudity as part of your exuberance is just fine, if you’re part of something like a nudist colony. There are few other places where that kind of blatant nudity would be accepted.

  5. methuseus says

    I’m sorry I was just talking about the dancing naked in front of her. Everything else is just creepy, no matter what.