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Mykelti Williamson

Bubba's Got Beef with Bubba Gump Shrimp

7/23/2014 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mykelti Williamson won't step foot in the restaurants named after his most famous character ... because he's got issues with corporate giant Viacom.

Of course Mykelti played Bubba in "Forrest Gump" -- which inspired the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. chain of restaurants, so we brought it up with him at LAX on Tuesday ... only to discover he's NEVER eaten there.

MW first told us how he celebrated the recent 20th anniversary of 'Gump' -- but quickly launched into a rant about the movie studio's parent company and its ties to the restaurants, and big oil ... of which he's not a fan.

Only problem is he's mistakenly referring to Gulf Western Oil, which has nothing to do with Viacom. A company called Gulf + Western DID merge with Paramount (and eventually Viacom) ... but is NOT an oil company. 

Glad we could clear that up. Now make a reservation, Mykelti.


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I enjoy his work and everything...he killed it in "Justified". But don't people generally forfeit their public shaming license when they stab somebody?

95 days ago

common sense    

They are making money off his character..and not paying him a dime. Yyyyyy would he want to eat there.

95 days ago

LuLu1024 👀    

I would never recognize him even if he is standing in a line beside me

94 days ago


Didn't this dude shoot or stab someone? Thought he was in da pen.

94 days ago


Yumm the fried shrimp taste so good. You know you want some. It's better than fried chicken

94 days ago


The Man that has a Problem with Big Oil, is either Catching a flight or getting off of one, there is Irony for you.

94 days ago


Convenient how the black character always dies.

94 days ago


Another 'Celebri-Dummy' not having a 'clue' about what they're talking about. Typical.

So called 'big oil' makes less than 10% profit.

Ford makes 13% profit.

'Apple' makes a whopping 27% profit!
So why aren't they the big 'greedy bad guy'?
So who's gouging who?

In California, as of April, they pay 18.4 by feds, 52.9cents per gallon by the 'State'.

So, CA is paying 71.3 cents for 'every gallon' you buy, just for taxes!
And just look at the roads!

Least oil gets you to and from by car and plane.
(like the one he just took!)

The government takes 'far more' and Apple profits a Lot More than so called big oil.

Clueless. And it's not just a movie.

94 days ago


Don't eat there, the food is crap and overpriced. Even in San Francisco they have NO local crab, chowder, anything. All the food is brought in by a food service company. I figured that they would have fresh seafood, I figured wrong.

94 days ago

Gru V    

Wow, TMZ, you did some research! Way to go!

94 days ago


Shrimp ****tail..Shrimp stew...shrimp gumbo...shrimp sandwich.....

94 days ago


Review of the Maui location - bad

93 days ago

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