A US man is facing potential criminal charges after he was arrested for failing to return a copy of Freddy Got Fingered to a video store back in 2002.
James Meyers was driving his daughter to school in Concord this week when a police officer pulled him over after noticing one of his tail lights was out.
However, after running Meyers’ license, the officer asked him to step out of his car.
“The officer said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this but there’s a warrant out for your arrest from 2002. Apparently you rented the movie Freddy Got Fingered and never returned it.’
“I thought he was joking,” Meyers told WSOCTV.com.
After he was allowed to take his daughter to school, Meyers travelled to his local police department, where he hoped to iron out the matter.
However, upon arrival, Meyers was arrested and taken to the magistrate’s office.
Now facing a court date on April 27, and facing a $200 fine, Meyers claims he only vaguely remembers renting the movie and is hoping to get the charges dismissed.
Help may be at hand in the form of the movie’s star Tom Green, who has already told New York Daily News that he is more than happy to help out fans of his films.
“If it’s 200 bucks of course I’ll pay it for him, just for the principle of the thing,” Green said.
Panned upon its initial release in 2001, Freddy Got Fingered was supposed to be the film that launched Green as a bonafide star, following his success on MTV and in the teen comedy Road Trip.
However, the film attracted highly negative reviews , with some even labelling it as one of the worst movies of all time.
Despite this tag, Freddy Got Fingered has since garnered cult status and actually recouped its budget thanks to word of mouth and a DVD release.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.