"MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. — One of the world’s most prolific bootleggers of Hollywood DVDs loves his morning farina. He has spent eight years churning out hundreds of thousands of copies of “The Hangover,” “Gran Torino” and other first-run movies from his small Long Island apartment to ship overseas.
“Big Hy” — his handle among many loyal customers — would almost certainly be cast as Hollywood Enemy No. 1 but for a few details. He is actually Hyman Strachman, a 92-year-old, 5-foot-5 World War II veteran trying to stay busy after the death of his wife. And he has sent every one of his copied DVDs, almost 4,000 boxes of them to date, free to American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan."
That is amazing...and to me I am glad he did it. Think of the money he spent on blank DVDs and postage and the duplicator machine. I know it was against the law, and millionaire moviestars lost money as did the studios and millionaire directors etc, but I know his heart was in the right place. If he were tried and I was on the jury....he would walk.
If Hollywood was smart, they'd make a movie out of him
Don't give 'em ideas now. Clint Eastwood as old Hy, flashbacking to WW2 when he is depicted by Sean Penn - a 50 year old big budget saga culminating in a courtroom battle where Eastwood starts slinging DVDs and pieces of his fried chicken skin at Hollywood lawyers.