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Tuesday, September 2, 2008


You know things are really bad when you diss and disown the very movie you directed. From Yahoo:

'Babylon' Director Badmouths Film

Is there a French translation for the phrase, "Don't bite the hand that feeds you?"

Director Mathieu Kassovitz -- best known in this country for his acting turns in movies like Amelie and Munich -- is an award-winning filmmaker in his native France. He spent the last five years working on his dream project, an adaptation of the French sci-fi novel "Babylon Babies," got a Hollywood studio to co-finance it, and scored a big American movie star to headline it. So now that the movie is coming out, why is he so angry?

In an uncommonly open interview with SciFi Scanner, Kassovitz said, "I'm very unhappy with the film...I never had a chance to do one scene the way it was written or the way I wanted it to be. The script wasn't respected. Bad producers, bad partners, it was a terrible experience."

The movie tells the story of Toorop (Vin Diesel), a mercenary charged with protecting a genetically altered young woman from Eastern Europe to New York. Kassovitz said he was interested in what the original book stated about the changing nature of global politics and redrawing of national borders. But he now feels the movie doesn't communicate any of those themes.

"It's pure violence and stupidity," he admits. "The movie is supposed to teach us that the education of our children will mean the future of our planet. All the action scenes had a goal: They were supposed to be driven by either a metaphysical point of view or experience for the characters... instead parts of the movie are like a bad episode of 24." >> Read the full interview.

From IW: Vin Diesel and a well made message movie go together like sugar and sh*t....thought he knew? You don't buy Rob Schneider and expect Pacino, I'm just sayin'.


clnmike said...

He is acting like he is new to the game.

Dear White People said...

This seems to be happening a lot these days. I read about other directors currently fighting or upset with studios for final edits of films. But, yeah, Kassovitz has been around. He knows the drill. Nothing new here. It's not like he's a master filmmaker either.

Invisible Woman said...

@clnmike: right?

@dwp: yeah, that's been a prevelant thing even for a couple of decades on american soil....unless you are a complete sell-out. it's nice to hear someone complain so loudly and publicly, and being so real at the same time, lol!

sdg1844 said...

Ah Hollywood. I wonder how deep the rabbit hole goes? Glad he spoke out and was candid though.

madame z said...

'sugar and shit'. Awww, come on, is Vin Diesel really that bad of an actor? LOLOL *runs away* No use in the man crying over spilled milk; just let it ride and consider it a lesson learned.

Invisible Woman said...

@sdg1844: I know, it's very refreshing to see someone in H'Wood being real!

@madame z: hey girl! :-) Ummmm....yes, he is that bad. Just curious, have you seen ANY of his movies? lol

madame z said...

yes, I've seen his movies... LOLOLOL

But it's kinda like Keanu to "Neo". His roles are just 'that', a cool version of him. LOL. Not much required. Maybe this is how I could enjoy XXX, Chronicles of Riddick, Pitch Black, Fast & Furious....I just suspended total disbelief in regards to his 'serious' acting talents...or lack thereof LOL

Invisible Woman said...

Keanu is the king of mono acting, but Vin comes in a close second!

SolShine7 said...

I saw that movie and it was one of the worst sci-fi movies I've ever seen. The plot was jumbled, the dialogue was boring and full of cliques and it was just poorly done.