Ridley Scott says there is a responsibility to his epic The last Duel bombing this fall – and has nothing to do with Disney, which claims to have done a great job projecting the historical picture.
The Oscar-nominated director fell from Marc Maron’s WTF podcast for an episode aired Monday in which he discussed his iconic career. Maron noted that he was impressed that Scott had two huge photos this year The last Duel and the upcoming home of Gucci.
When it arrived exclusively in cinemas in late October of the 20th century The Last Duel, starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck, became a crater ($ 27 million worldwide with a $ 100 million budget).
Scott told Maron that he was somewhat worried that Disney’s Fox studio would sell less graphic film, but that never happened. “Disney did a fantastic job of promoting,” Scott told the podcast. “The bosses loved the movie because I was worried it wasn’t for them.”
Scott’s explanation for the horrible box office performance? Apathetic millennials.
“I think that sums it up – what we have today [are] the audience that grew up with these fucking cell phones. The millennium, [who] “You never want to be taught anything unless you say it on your cell phone,” said Scott.
“This is a big stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook,” Scott told Maron. “This is a wrong direction that has happened when the last generation has been given the wrong confidence, I think.”
Scott said he stood firm The Last Duel and the studio decision-making process was consistent throughout.
“This is the call you are making,” he said of the project. “This is the call that Fox made. We all thought it was a great script. And we did it. You can not keep winning. I have never regretted any film I have made. Nothing. I learned very early on to be a critic of yourself. The only thing you really need to think about is what you just did. Go away. Make sure you are happy. And do not look back. That’s me.”
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