Nicolas Cage is Brett Ratner’s hero, which proves that crazy just attracts more crazy. Inspired by the excessive actor’s front room, which sports a car as an art piece, Ratner had two 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso replicas built without engines just for “Tower Heist.”
The pair of vehicles was set up for scenes in Alan Alda's billionaire character's penthouse in the tower where the heist took place. Get the title? So creative, right?
But Ratner got his comeuppance when fellow J-Connection Ben Stiller smashed one of the Ferraris with a golf club for the film. "It was painful to watch, especially for my Italian cinematographer,” Ratner told the Los Angeles Times.
Universal Pictures has retained ownership of one of the vintage fakes, and the other is sitting in Ratner’s garage.
J-Connection: Brett Ratner's is descended from Eastern European Jews and he attended high school in Israel. He is also a huge jerk. Though his mother was an Irish Catholic, she converted to reform Judaism, so we’re proud to call Ben Stiller a New York City Jew.