proved earlier this week just how much of a legend he really is when he pounced all over a Scottish newspaper report that made him out to look as if he were complimenting
A writer for the Daily Record began by stating how Smith thinks everyone is basically good, then quoted the A-list actor as saying, "Even Hitler didn't wake up going, 'Let me do the most evil thing I can do today.' I think he woke up in the morning and using a twisted, backwards logic, he set out to do what he thought was 'good.' "
It didn't help when Internet gossip sites in the United States repeated the story. To his credit, Smith fought back vigorously, saying "It is an awful and disgusting lie," Smith said.
In a statement released Monday, he said: "It speaks to the dangerous power of an ignorant person with a pen. I am incensed and infuriated to have to respond to such ludicrous misinterpretation.
"Adolf Hitler was a vile, heinous vicious killer responsible for one of the greatest acts of evil committed on this planet."
A spokesman for the Anti-Defamation League accepted his clarification, saying, "We welcome and accept Will Smith's statement that Hitler was a 'vicious killer' and that he did not mean for his remarks about the Nazi leader to be mistaken as praise."
Re-retiring . . . or not
Jay-Z is retiring again, this time from his gig as president of Def Jam Records. Even though, he is leaving the label, he will stay on as a recording artist. Of course, it remains to be seen if Jay will re-emerge in the record company's executive suite. After all, he retired from performing only to return last year with the album "Kingdom Come."
Bank with little interest?
Britney Spears' lame excuse of a mother is looking even worse as public tongue-clucking continues over her daughters' foolish choices. Lynne Spears is being blamed for her 16-year-old daughter's bombshell revelation last week that she is pregnant. The latest issue of Us Weekly quotes an unnamed family friend saying that Lynne "treats her girls like a piggy bank."
Alexa Nikolas, a cast-member of "Zoey 101," which Jamie Lynn Spears stars in, was quoted as having said, "Jamie wanted something different for her life, and her mom put her in situations she didn't want to be in."
It was Lynne who reportedly masterminded the cheesy decision to publicize Jamie Lynn's pregnancy in OK! magazine, according to US Weekly, a competing publication. "Lynne knew OK! would pay the most," a source told Us. "It was her decision."
Rap performer Yung Joc, accused this week of taking a loaded gun to an airport, showed up seven hours late to his arraignment yesterday.
A judge issued an arrest warrant after Joc, whose real name is Jasiel Robinson, failed to show up in court for a scheduled 8:30 a.m. hearing. The warrant was revoked after Robinson showed up late in the afternoon.
Dressed to shill
Moviegoers who attend a sneak preview of the new Twentieth Century Fox film "27 Dresses" today at the AMC Neshaminy 24 or the United Artists King of Prussia Stadium 16, may think they've stumbled into a holding area for a bridal fashion show.
Local hype-meisters plan to promo the film - about a single woman (Katherine Heigl) whose love life is floundering - by showing off models dressed in bridesmaid gear. The movie officially opens Jan. 11.
_ The latest issue of Men's Journal has Jack Nicholson dispensing a bit of wisdom about long-term relationships: "Try to at least understand what in the name of conscience it is you're doing in entering marriage, simple as that - something I obviously did not fulfill."
_ Too bad Pamela Anderson didn't
understand that either, before finding out firsthand that the third time isn't always the charm. Even though she has reconciled with hubby No. 3, Rick Salomon, word is her divorce papers remain on file. "She doesn't know what to do," a friend told US Weekly. *
Daily News wire services contributed to this report.