John McTiernan, the veteran director behind benchmark action movies including ‘Die Hard’ and 'Predator’, has slated modern blockbuster movies.
“I can’t really watch them. I’m annoyed the second they start”, he said.
“Captain America, I’m not joking… The cult of American hyper-masculinity is one of the worst things to have happened to the world during the last 50 years. Hundreds of thousands of people have died because of this idiotic delusion. So how is it possible to watch a film called Captain America?!
“All they’re making are comic book adaptations. There’s action but no human beings, they’re films made by fascists.
“They’re making all the kids in the world think that they’ll never be important enough to have a film made about their life.
“And it’s a unique moment in the history of cinema, it didn’t used to be like this. A kid used to be able to learn how a man or a woman should act by watching films. What morality? Comics make heroes for businesses”.
He also called 'Mad Max: Fury Road’ a 'corporate product’, adding that 'Joel Silver will always produce real action movies, but not much more’.
However, over the past few years, he admitted that he had 'loved’ Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning 'Argo’.
He also let slip some vague details about his next project, which will be shot in either France or Serbia, and will be an action movie about a 'childless woman and a child without a mother’.
Also responsible for movies like ‘The Last Action Hero’, ‘The Hunt For Red October’ and ‘Die Hard With A Vengeance’, he made his last movie ‘Basic’ in 2003.
He was jailed in 2013 for perjury, and lying to the FBI over his hiring of notorious Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano to wiretap the producer of his 2002 remake of ‘Rollerball’.
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