Wilson Says 'Dupree' Is No Steely Dan Ripoff
Actor Owen Wilson has denied any connection between his new movie, "You, Me and Dupree," and a song by veteran rock act Steely Dan.Actor Owen Wilson has denied any connection between his new movie, "You, Me and Dupree," and a song by veteran rock act Steely Dan.
The band recently posted a letter on its Web site claiming that Wilson's Dupree character was based on their Grammy-winning song, "Cousin Dupree," about a couch-hopping houseguest.
In a statement released by his spokeswoman, Wilson poked fun at the accusations. "I have never heard the song 'Cousin Dupree' and I don't even know who this gentleman, Mr. Steely Dan, is. I hope this helps to clear things up and I can get back to concentrating on my new movie, 'Hey 19.'" A spokesperson for the band's management company declined to comment.
"There are some pretty heavy people who are upset about this whole thing and we can't guarantee what kind of heat little Owen may be bringing down on himself," band leaders Walter Becker and Donald Fagen wrote on their site. The band asked Wilson, 37, to appear at a concert to apologize to their fans, which he did not.
"You, Me and Dupree" co-stars Kate Hudson and Matt Dillon as a newlywed couple annoyed by Dupree, a friend who crashes on their couch.
In 2001, "Cousin Dupree" won a Grammy for best pop performance by a duo or group from Steely Dan's album "Two Against Nature," which snagged album of the year.
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