oh, and smartphones, too
Speaking on comedian Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, director Ridley Scott had some choice words for why The Last Duel flopped at the box office.
“I think what it boils down to — what we’ve got today [are] the audience who were brought up on these f***ing cellphones,” said Scott. “The millennian, [who] do not ever want to be taught anything unless you told it on the cellphone.”
He went on to also blame the use of Facebook.
“This is a broad stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook,” said Scott. “This is a misdirection that has happened when it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think.”
It’s sharp commentary from Scott, who has not been afraid of sharing his opinions. In 2017, Scott said he would rather “keep making smart films” than make superhero movies. He went on to also say “cinema is mainly pretty bad.”
The Last Duel stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, and Ben Affleck. Set in medieval France, the movie centers around a judicial duel between two former friends. Everything leading up to the duel is broken up into three chapters.
The Last Duel has been a critical success, with an 85% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It also garnered an 81% rating from the audience on Rotten Tomatoes.
The positive reception hasn’t translated to box office success, however. The Last Duel had an estimated $100 million budget and has only pulled down $27 million so far.
Scott’s upcoming film House of Gucci is scheduled for release on November 24. He also has an Apple TV+ movie in the works, though it’s not due for release until 2023.