Nominations were announced last week for the 40th annual Golden Raspberry Awards (colloquially known as the Razzies) and among the films being considered to be the worst of the year is one from Limp Bizkit frontman-turned-actor/director/writer Fred Durst.
Durst released his third directorial feature and debut screenplay, The Fanatic, back in August. The film, about an autistic fan who decides to stalk his favorite actor, stars John Travolta as the titular “fanatic,” Moose.
The film earned three Razzie nominations, including Worst Director for Durst, Worst Leading Actor for Travolta (a nod he splits between this film and his role in ‘Trading Paint’) and the big award, Worst Picture.
The Fanatic’s nominations are not a surprise. The film tanked at the box office, earning $3,153 from a limited release of 52 theaters. On top of that, it was universally panned by critics and fans alike. On aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 17% based on 58 reviews.
Durst hasn’t been very successful when it comes to his directorial projects. His debut, 2007’s The Education of Charlie Banks, only earned $15,000 at the box office despite costing $5 Million to make. His second film, 2008’s The Longshots, earned approximately $11 Million worldwide, despite costing $23 Million to make. And yet, both seem like critical darlings compared to the response The Fanatic received.
The Fanatic is joined in the Worst Picture category by Cats, The Haunting of Sharon Tate, A Madea Family Funeral and Rambo: Last Blood. The Worst Director Razzie nominees are rounded out by Tom Hooper (Cats), James Franco (Zeroville), Adrian Grünberg (Rambo: Last Blood) and Neil Marshall (Hellboy).
This year will mark the first time the Razzie Awards will be televised. The Comedy Dynamics Network is set to air the ceremony live. A date for the show has not been announced yet.
Limp Bizkit released their last album, Gold Cobra, in 2011. The band is supposedly still working on their sixth album, titled Stampede of the Disco Elephants.