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Brandon Kelly, a 31-year-old from Petaluma, Calif., on Sunday launched the mixed-meat product at Woods as he stepped onto the green at the Frys.com Open near San Jose, Calif.
He told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat that he got the idea after catching a screening of Drive, which hit theaters Sept. 16.
“I threw the hot dog toward Tiger Woods because I was inspired by the movie Drive,” Kelly said. “As soon as the movie ended, I thought to myself, ‘I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger.’”
The video of the incident, which made the rounds online, shows a man throwing a hot dog onto the green and then lying on the ground as security rushes out to him. [Watch the clip, via TMZ, below.]
Kelly declined to elaborate further on the reasons behind his actions, but it’s not clear exactly where he found his motivation. For the record, the movie — which sees Gosling as an unnamed stunt driver by day who moonlights as getaway driver by night — does not feature a hot dog. The story centers mostly on the Driver’s relationship with Carey Mulligan’s character and several gruesome casualties along his journey to protect her family from harm.
Meanwhile, Kelly added that he wasn’t seeking fame from the incident and had instead hoped to remain anonymous.
Sheriff’s officials said they arrested him on suspicion of disturbing the peace, but because that’s a misdemeanor, he wasn’t booked into jail.
The hot-dog incident comes on the heels of a Michigan woman filing a lawsuit against the film’s distributor, FilmDistrict, over the movie’s trailer, claiming that it did not reflect what was actually in the movie.
“Drive bore very little similarity to a chase, or race action film… having very little driving in the motion picture,” Sarah Deming’s lawsuit claims. “Drive was a motion picture that substantially contained extreme gratuitous defamatory dehumanizing racism directed against members of the Jewish faith, and thereby promoted criminal violence against members of the Jewish faith.”
Deming is seeking a refund for her movie ticket, in addition to halting the production of “misleading movie trailers” in the future. The plaintiff reportedly intends to turn her individual case into a class action lawsuit, thereby allowing fellow moviegoers an opportunity to share in the settlement.
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