The ‘Naked’ crunch

Book release party draws eyes to the page

Pity the poor voyeur casually flipping through “Naked Pictures of My Ex-Girlfriends” at Friday’s book release party at Le Colonial. Brett Ratner would run over and in the most earnest voice imaginable say: “You can’t just look at the pictures! You have to read the words!”

It’s not just a love of the printed word that motivates Ratner. As Rat Press’ head honcho, Ratner takes a personal interest in the book he published, calls “a diary with visual aids,” “the best idea I ever heard,” and yearns to see become a New Line film. “Every guy who hears about the book says ‘Why didn’t I think of this?’ ” the publisher-director said.

The guy who did think of it, author Mark Helfrich, said the book’s “text is what guys think, but don’t say. The photos are what some guys have, but keep hidden away.”

Though the mild-mannered Helfrich doesn’t seem like someone who could convince women to pose unclothed and then two decades later convince them to allow their photos to be published (it’s easier to imagine the more extroverted Ratner in this role) the author-photographer said one key to obtaining releases was that “all these photos are very flattering. They preserve these women when they were looking their best.”

Among those looking their best at the reception were Bob Shaye, David Spade, Ben Stiller, Marc Abraham, Richard Perry, Rick Rubin, Barry Josephson, Shannon Elizabeth, David Fahey, Jennifer Esposito and Heavy D.

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