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Q&A: Brett Ratner on Yeshiva and 'Tower Heist'

Brett Ratner not only provides material for a good story, he even writes the headlines. “Your headline should be: ‘Yeshiva Prepared Ratner To Be Director,’” he said during a phone interview with The Arty Semite.

Happily, yeshiva did a good job. Ratner is most famous for the “Rush Hour” trilogy of films. His latest comedy caper, “Tower Heist,” opens November 4.

“Tower Heist” stars Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy as part of a crew determined to wreak havoc on a Madoff-like swindler. It completely fits the bill of what Ratner calls a Brett Ratner film: “One that’s funny, and entertaining with great pace and good acting.” The Arty Semite asked Ratner about learning Gemara, making hard decisions and befriending Meyer Lansky.

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