James "Bubba" Cromer of Columbia South Carolina, attorney, former legislator, "reading clerk" of the state House of Representatives, screenwriter, director, and film producer, is a victim of mistaken identity.
You know those brief descriptions of films which run on the cable directory channel, the ones that describe The Godfather as "Schoolteacher marries her college sweetheart, only to discover he has a criminal past"? Or Rashomon as "Four people witness crime"?
According to James "Bubba" Cromer, the people who program the channel guide mixed up the description of his movie with that of an identically titled soft-core porn movie. So where the cable networks claimed to be showing Cromer's film masterpiece The Hills Have Thighs (which would be described as "Comic hijinks in rural Appalachia"), they were actually showing Jim Wynorski's The Hills Have Thighs (which would be described as "Beautiful mutant coeds kidnap students for sex").
A former South Carolina lawmaker is suing cable TV channels HBO and Showtime, claiming they promoted his low-budget comedy about Appalachia called The Hills Have Thighs only to instead show a soft-core pornographic movie with the same title.
James "Bubba" Cromer said the mix-up defamed him and caused emotional distress, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles. He accuses HBO and Showtime of negligence and is seeking unspecified damages.
Although an attorney, a lawmaker, and a film producer, it apparently never occurred to Cromer that there could be two films titled The Hills Have Thighs, or for that matter that HBO and Showtime couldn't show his rip-roaring, knee-slapping, good time comedy, a sort of Deliverance in reverse as Cromer describes it, without his permission.
So he called and wrote his friends, all four thousand of them, to let them know the good news!
It was the first Cromer had heard about it, but he had recently hired a talent agent to promote his work. And the 1:30 a.m. premiere was just hours away. So he called the cast of the film, his friends and family to tell them to set their digital recorders. He wrote to his more than 4,000 friends on Facebook: "The Hills Have Thighs is on The Movie Channel all month!!!"
Cromer said he stayed up late even though he had to be in court at 8:30 a.m. and in the South Carolina House a few hours later, where he serves as reading clerk. Before the movie came on, Cromer said he heard a voiceover: "Bubba Cromer later tonight does it again with his second feature film The Hills Have Thighs. Deliverance in reverse."
"All my words. … I got on my floor and I crossed myself because that was a dream come true."
If I were describing the movie of Bubba Cromer's life for a cable directory, I'd write "Bucolic bumpkin deludes self in front of thousands. Litigation ensues."
What would you call it?