German film director Uwe Boll has challenged Hollywood rival Michael Bay to a boxing match, to settle their differences after an internet war of words.
The battle started after much-criticised BloodRayne director Boll vowed to quit making movies if one million people signed an online petition asking him to do so.
Boll reacted furiously to news film fans were flocking to the petition, and posted an online rant, demanding a petition in his favour, and attacking Bay and fellow directors Eli Roth and George Clooney.
He said, "I'm not a f**king retard like Michael Bay or other people running around in the business, or Eli Roth making the same sh**ty movies over and over again. If you really look at my movies you will see my real genius, you know?"
Bay responded with his own blog entry, writing, "I find people who rant like that - calling s**t about both me, and George Clooney - comes from someone screaming because he is not being heard. He is obviously a sad being. When you ask 'do I care?' Not in the slightest."
Now Boll is demanding the pair settle their differences in a boxing ring. In his latest posting, he says, "Michael Bay responded to my note about him in a very insulting way for me. He said that he doesn't care about me and this was very insulting because I care about him and I think that with the money he has for his movies, he sucks big time. I think it's time to meet in the ring actually.
"So it's my message to Michael Bay, Michael, in between your pool parties in LA or your casting sessions with the strippers you should start training now. I think you're a fit guy and you do like private karate Asia bulls**t crap fighting stuff in LA where you think you're super cool that you do that with your 500 bucks per hour trainer. So let's meet in the ring in September or October. Pay-per-view. Mandalay Bay. Las Vegas. Twelve rounds of boxing. Boll against Bay."
It's not the first time Boll has battled his detractors in the ring; In 2006, he was so angered by continued critical attacks on his films he challenged his five harshest detractors to a boxing match. The matches went ahead and Boll won them all.