Despite winning six Academy Awards, seven Critics’ Choice Awards and several others, it seems George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road has failed to win over at least one person in Die Hard director John McTiernan.
Speaking to French website Premiere, the director shared his thoughts on action and superhero movies and they weren’t exactly complimentary. Turns out he’s more of a Ben Affleck in Argo kind of man.
When asked about the direction action films have taken in the last few years, McTiernan replied that they are mainly “corporate products”.
“Everything they make, it’s all comic book adaptations,” he added. “There is action, but not from human beings, these are films made by fascists.”
He continued to say that children used to be able to learn how men and women behave from films, as well as about morality, but that the rise of comic book heroes has suppressed that, saying: “Comic book heroes are for businesses.”
And when it comes to Mad Max: Fury Road, McTiernan believes we were better off without a sequel.
“Pffff… corporate product,” he said dismissively when asked about it. “The first Mad Max was super, on the other hand. The same [was true] with the pig too, Babe. That was great.”
One film that has impressed the director in recent years, however, is Argo and Ben Affleck’s performance in particular.
“He did something incredible,” he said. “And he was a better actor than in all his other films. Normally when a filmmaker gets to the screen, it’s the opposite. He put aside his ego, he began to act like a hero in a John Ford film…
“And it’s very different from his other roles. There is something about him that a lot of people find annoying. This arrogance, coldness… It disappeared in this film.”
Source: Digital Spy