Spirit Awards 2015: Paul Thomas Anderson Rips American Airlines for "F---ing" Losing His Luggage
The director was accepting the Robert Altman Award for his work on 'Inherent Vice.'
Paul Thomas Anderson tore into American Airlines during an acceptance speech at the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday, telling the audience, "Don't fly American Airlines. They will f—ing lose your luggage."
AA is a sponsor of the Indie Spirit Awards.
Anderson was accepting the Robert Altman Award for his work on Inherent Vice when he made the comment. The director added, "It happened to me. Seriously."
Anderson then walked off the stage.
According to an American Airlines spokesperson, Anderson stopped by the company's booth after the speech and said he was joking in his speech.
"He came into our booth and apologized and said he was trying to make a joke and that he was sorry it was misinterpreted," the spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We just congratulate him on his award and we're glad he is all set with American Airlines."
During a later acceptance speech, Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller read a joke statement purportedly on Anderson's behalf, "I said some bad things, I feel bad, I was trying to exhibit my independent spirit, and I thought if I wore a flannel shirt and said a bad word, you would love me more. My apologies to American Airlines. It was actually United."
Feb. 21, 4:26 p.m. Updated with new American Airlines statement.