Paris disses DJ on air, on accident

Posted: October 11, 2013

WE HERE at Tattle are a nostalgic, sentimental lot. We often find ourselves pining for the good old days - circa 2007 - when Paris Hilton was the center of the universe. So we are pleased to lead today's column with La Hilton, who hasn't yet quite gotten with the program when it comes to using the telephone.

Paris was doing a phone interview Thursday morning with disc jockey Bob Dumas, who works for a station in the Raleigh-Durham region of North Carolina (which says all you need to know about her current buzz-worthiness). According to TMZ, Dumas asked Hilton if she regretted making the infamous sex tape that catapulted her to it-girl status in 2004. (Cleverly titled "One Night in Paris," it dates to 2001 and co-stars the long-forgotten Rick Salomon.)

Hilton responded that it was all Salomon's fault and that he's "a very sick man."

She quickly ended the conversation - she thought. Unaware that the host was still on the line, she told a third party that Dumas was a "f-----g a--hole."

Nice to know Paris is as nonjudgmental and nice as she is important and relevant.

'Inmate No. 1' now star

People Paper movie critic Gary Thompson talked with "Machete Kills" star Danny Trejo and director Robert Rodriguez when they were in Philly recently promoting the movie .

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said there are no second acts in American lives. Trejo thinks Fitzgerald is full of crap.

The San Quentin inmate turned boxing champ turned movie extra turned supporting actor turned leading man is enjoying his fourth or fifth act. "Machete Kills" opens today, with Trejo billed ahead of Mel Gibson. (Speaking of second acts . . . )

"I couldn't say there's been a secret to my success. I've just sort of stumbled around and met the right people," Trejo said. "I was stumbling around the film industry, getting jobs as 'inmate No. 1.' That's what directors would call me. 'Hey, inmate No. 1, take your shirt off,' and I would show my tattoos, and then on to the next job.

"Robert Rodriguez was the first guy to say, 'Danny, there's really a lot more to you.' "

Rodriguez remembers meeting Trejo during the casting process for "Desperado."

"I'm looking at his photo and thinking, 'God, I hope he looks like his picture, because if he does, he's hired,' " said Rodriguez.

Trejo continued, "Robert honed me, though. Taught me how to act, mostly by saying, 'Hey, Danny, stop acting.' And he told me about Machete when we were doing 'Desperado.' He said, 'Danny, I have a role for you, and it will make you a star.' "

Was it hard convincing Hollywood?

Not at all, Trejo said. When a fake trailer for "Machete" played as part of Rodriguez' "Grindhouse," audiences demanded it. Besides, the director financed the movie by selling the foreign rights in countries where Trejo was already popular.

It's Trejo's popularity that provides opportunities for down-on-their-luck stars like Gibson, whom Trejo said was a dream to work with.

"We have this big sword-fight scene together. Robert says, 'Action!' and I immediately drop my sword. He says, 'What's wrong?' I said. 'There's no way I'm getting in a sword fight with William Wallace.' "

All in a day's twerk

Robin Thicke was just an innocent bystander when Miley Cyrus performed the Twerk Seen 'Round the World during the recent VMA telecast. Or so he insists on "Oprah's Next Chapter," airing Sunday on O's OWN cable channel.

"Listen, I'm the twerkee," he tells Oprah Winfrey. "I'm twerked upon." Besides, the spawn of TV immortal Alan Thicke swears he wasn't really aware of what was happening.

"I was on stage," he says. "I didn't see it. So to me, I'm walking out towards Miley . . . I'm not thinking about sex. I'm thinking fun, you know? You have to remember, I'm singing my butt off . . . I'm looking up at the sky, and I'm not really paying attention to all that."

To recap: Thicke has a nearly naked 20-year-old girl rubbing up against him and he's not aware of it? Now that's concentration!

TATTBITS

Wacked actor James Woods threw his thumbs into the political ring, tweeting Tuesday that President Obama is "a true abomination" who "barricaded the WW2 vets, but allow illegal aliens privilege . . . " He called POTUS "just vile. A small, small man."

Daniel Radcliffe is throwing cold water on the dreams of millions that he'll star in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," J.K. Rowling's upcoming "Harry Potter" spinoff flick.

"I don't think I'm going to be coming back," he told the Hollywood Reporter. "We can't be doing these characters when we're 40, so there has to be a line drawn."

Speaking of iconic movie-franchise spinoffs, look for "Fruitvale Station" unknown-turned-red-hot-property Michael B. Jordan to star in an upcoming film described as a "Rocky" spinoff.


Howard Gensler has the day off.

- Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

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