Ridley Scott blames millennials and their ‘f***ing cell phones’ for The Last Duel bombing at the box office
Ridley Scott blames millennials for his film The Last Duel bombing at the box office.
The acclaimed director, 83, complained about young people’s attention spans have been whittled away by technology while talking to Marc Maron for his WTF podcast.
Offering an explanation for why the Matt Damon/Ben Affleck-fronted film only earned $27million off a $100million budget, Scott said: ‘I think what it boils down to — what we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these f**king cell phones.’
Box office bomb: Ridley Scott blamed millennials for The Last Duel’s disappointing box office performance. Stars Matt Damon and Adam Driver are seen above
Technology trap: Offering an explanation for why the film only earned $27m, Scott said ‘I think what it boils down to — what we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these f**king cell phones.’ He’s seen September 2021 above
‘The millennian do not ever want to be taught anything unless you are told it on the cell phone,’ Scott added, per Variety.
‘This is a broad stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook,’ he said, not specifying an exact issue.
‘There is a misdirection that has happened where it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think,’ Scott went on.
Maron said he was surprised that the period action piece didn’t resonate with younger people, to which Ridley remarked: ‘I agree with you.’
‘Particularly with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver and this new girl called Jodie Comer,’ he said.
‘That’s the call you make. That’s the call that Fox made. ‘We all thought it was a terrific script, and we made it.’
He added: ‘You can’t win all the time. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve never had one regret on any movie I’ve ever made. Nothing.
‘I learned very early on to be your own critic. The only thing you should really have an opinion on is what you just did. Walk away. Make sure you’re happy. And don’t look back. That’s me.’
Luckily Scott doesn’t have to wait long to see if he has another hit.
Ridley’s next project House Of Gucci starring Lady Gaga comes out November 24th 2021.
If looks could kill… Ridley’s next project House Of Gucci starring Lady Gaga comes out November 24th 2021
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