Is Ramona Diaz related to Cameron Diaz? “As you can see, I am,” said the short, brunette Filipino, apparently kidding. “But thanks to her I no longer have to spell my last name for people.” After the film, the witty, feisty Diaz was leaving for Manila, just in case the court there ruled that her film could have its premiere after all. Marcos is not a popular figure in the country she once co-ruled with her dictator husband, said Diaz, and Filipinos are eager to see her devastated by the award-winning doc. In her petition to block the film, Marcos said the film would cause her “extreme and irreparable injury and injustice” and violate her right to privacy. Diaz thinks it’s funny that Marcos fears the film will mar her good name and reputation. Diaz said she’ll be pissed, as will the public, if the film isn’t released there.
Fenton Bailey thinks that Marcos has petitioned the injunction as a shrewd move to generate publicity for the film (which he says is virtually a love poem to the woman), much the way controversy spurred ticket sales for Gibson’s Passion film to a whopping $370 million. And the way the pro-Bush protesters have made Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 a must-see. As Peter Bart says in todays Variety (via Yahoo!), “The noisier the opposition, the bigger the box office. It’s worked time and again. And it surely will propel “Fahrenheit 9/11″ into history’s highest-grossing documentary.”
But, meanwhile, we got our hands on the injunction filed by Imelda Marcos. (Click to enlarge pages.)