Denis Leary’s career might need rescuing when book comes out
He made a fortune in the US after his parents emigrated from Ireland – but sarcastic comic Denis Leary is biting the hand that feeds him by branding his fellow Americans “fat, lazy and stupid.” Foul mouthed funnyman Leary – who created the telly drama Rescue Me, about Irish firemen in New York – reckons the rest of the world hates the so-called Land of the Free because its inhabitants are arrogant and obnoxious.
And when his offensive new book “Why We Suck: A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid” comes out in November, he might need to get the first plane out of the country. In one extract, Leary rages: “I’m sick of low esteem and fake fat-suit-wearing female talk-show hosts and extreme makeovers and steroid-laden home run hitters and Reese Witherspoon movies and Paris Hilton‘s himbo boyfriends and celebrity rehab and Dr. Phil.”
Despite his rough exterior, Leary does have a soft side. He has raised millions for the New York families of Irish American firefighters through his charity, the Leary Foundation.