One of the most ridiculous lawsuits I've ever seen come out of Hollywood is Frank Davis' claim that he was fired from the crew of 2 Fast 2 Furiousbecause he's black. The assistant director, who had previously worked on Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Se7en and Next Friday, was officially canned by Universal because of "poor job performance," but Davis insisted that racial discrimination was the main reason he was let go. After five years of apparent unemployment, Davis' case, which was filed on his behalf by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, finally went to trial this month. On Thursday, a federal judge sided with the studio. Davis had already reached a confidential settlement with Universal, though, and it was likely only the EEOC that lost out. According to Nikki Finke, the main problem with both the EEOC's and Davis' claim was that 2 Fast 2 Furious director John Singleton sided with Universal on the issue.
Obviously. This is a movie that employed a black director, black stars (Tyrese Gibson; Ludacris), and I'd bet plenty of other black crew members. What next? Someone claims he was fired from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift for being Asian? I have to say one thing on Davis' behalf, though. Couldn't there have been some way for the assistant director to shape up and keep his job? He had filled the same position on many major productions for ten years and had even worked with Singleton on Baby Boy. Was his job performance really so terrible as to ruin his career? Personally, having seen 2 Fast 2 Furious, I think a lot more people should have been fired for poor job performance, especially Singleton, who was definitely not up to snuff on this one. And I haven't yet seen Paul Walker exhibit good job performance as an actor. Maybe Universal knows what I'm talking about and that's the reason they had to settle with Davis but not the EEOC.