It seems that Ridley Scott is less and less willing to listen to what the press has to say about The Last Duel, and now he has insulted a reporter
Ridley Scott ventured to release two films back-to-back this year, both of which are considered period films because of the time period in which they are set, albeit in different contexts. First, he released The Last Duel starring Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Matt Damon, a film with excellent reviews but somewhat underwhelming revenues, especially considering its budget was $100 million, and it grossed just $10 million.
Shortly after, he would release The Gucci House, which, although the critics have been neutral – neither excellent nor terrible -, its box office has been much better, mainly thanks to the reach of Lady Gaga and all the fans around the world who came to see her in her role as Patrizia Reggiani. To tell the truth, Ridley’s time on the press tour has not been the best, as her attitude has given her a lot to talk about in the last few months.
The first thing that became controversial was when, in an interview for Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, he blamed the millennial generation for the low reception of The Last Duel, pointing out that the use of mobile phones and the presence of social networks such as Facebook have meant that young viewers have no interest in learning anything “unless they are told on their phone”. With The Gucci House, his comments have been against the family of the same surname who has complained about the representation of those involved.
On this occasion, an interview that a Russian media outlet conducted with him for the film in which Ben Affleck and Matt Damon collaborated on the script has begun to go viral. In this conversation, the filmmaker showed obvious annoyance when the journalist commented that this film is much more realistic than Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood films that take place in a similar historical context. But the director didn’t even let him finish speaking when he interrupted to offend him: “Sir, f*ck you. F*ck you. Thank you very much. F*ck you. Go f*ck yourself, sir. Go on.”
Thank you, Sir Ridley, for the ultimate answer to any and all people measuring "realism" and "historical accuracy" in period films.
That's one for the books. pic.twitter.com/35JLcGsa0g
— Ilya Glazkov (@IlGlaz) December 3, 2021
Perhaps Ridley finds it offensive to have his films compared, and while some are in his favour as to why he was upset, others saw his attitude as unnecessary.
During the interview where he talked about the millennial generation, Scott explained that this was a project he put all his faith in, and even Fox was excited about the script and the end result, but accepted that in the industry, you don’t always win and things don’t always turn out as expected.
“We all thought it was a terrific script, and we made it. 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.”