Ridley Scott Blames Young People for The Last Duel Box Office Flop

Ridley Scott has “not a regret” about his directing or Disney’s promotion of his 2021 historical drama “The Last Duel”; the box office failure is the fault of young people and their cell phones, he says.

The director, known for critically and commercially successful films such as “Alien,” “Thelma & Louise” and “The Martian,” appeared on comedian Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast on Monday. Among the topics discussed was “The Last Duel,” the film Scott directed from a screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon based on Eric Jager’s book of the same name, which grossed only $ 27 million in everyone despite having a budget of $ 100 million. .

“No. Disney did a fantastic promotional job,” Scott said when Maron hinted that the company may have been the reason for the poor performance of “The Last Duel.” “The bosses loved the movie, because I was concerned that It wasn’t for them, but they really liked the movie, so their publicity, etc., was excellent. “

“I think it all comes down to: what we have today [are] the audiences that were raised on these damn cell phones. Millennians don’t want to be taught anything unless they are told on the cell phone, ”Scott continued. “This is a broad stroke, but I think we are dealing with that right now with Facebook. I think there has been a bad direction in which the wrong kind of confidence has been given to this last generation. “

Maron said he thought the film’s time period and action would have been an appeal to younger audiences.

“I agree with you. Particularly with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Adam Driver and this new girl named Jodie Comer. That’s the call you make. That’s the call Fox made. We all thought it was a fantastic script and we pulled it off.” Scott replied. “You can’t win all the time. As far as I’m concerned, I never regret any movie I’ve made. Nothing. I learned very early to be your own critic. The only thing I should have an opinion on. It’s about what he just did. Walk away. Make sure you’re happy. And don’t look back. That’s me. “

“The Last Duel” isn’t the only box office failure Scott blames others for.

“[In 1982]I did a movie called ‘Blade Runner’. It was my third movie. Pretty fucking good, ”he told Maron. “I was killed. I was killed by [film critic] Pauline Kael, who didn’t even know me. She had never met me and suddenly I read this article in the New Yorker, which is a very fancy magazine. I read it and there is a series of four-page insults. I framed it. He’s in my office right now. “

“I never read criticism. I never read the review again, “Scott added,” because I was so wrong. He was way ahead of her. “

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