Oscar-Winner Doesn't Like That One Director You're Also Tired Of
Man on Wire director James Marsh had harsh words recently for a certain self-obsessed hack filmmaker who shall not be named. The cretinous slob known for such films as $27,000 Black-and-White Gonzo Exercise, Quasi-Deep Religious Half-Comedy, Ben Affleck's Second-Worst Pile of Crap After Gigli and Stunning Flop About Porn earned the Oscar-winner's scorn at the Sundance Film Festival, where both men premiered new work -- but where only one of them embarrassed himself with an execrable dog-and-pony show, a distribution-auction hoax, and a subsequent stream of self-aggrandizing gibberish on Twitter.
While discussing his fine new documentary Project Nim with Cinema Blend, Oscar-winner James Marsh candidly riffed on the corpulent narcissist twat behind Mediocre Politically-Tinged Horror Film. Like most of the rest of the industry observers in Park City, Marsh expressed dismay over the vaguely talented clown's promotional antics and bloviating, self-pitying tendencies:
"You can't try to control response to your film, nor should you. ...Unless you're [a certain despicable, hockey-stick wielding cult demigod], I guess. Whole other story. What's his problem, anyway? Why [does he have a chip on his shoulder]? He's had such a great run. You know, he's not Orson Welles. And, I mean he gets his films made, he's rich... he's got money... Now he turns around and says suddenly, 'I'm so hard done?' What's his f*cking problem?"
"He should be so f*cking lucky. It makes me so mad to have someone doing that. It's wrong. It's a total hypocrisy. He's had loads of films made, and most of them are sh*t, quite honestly. I mean, I shouldn't say that... Films are quite hard to make and anyone who does needs our respect, but... I have a big problem with all of this self-promoting narcissism.
"(To camera) Maybe the films aren't very good, [tedious wanker]. You can't have the kind of career he's had and turn around and start complaining about it. There are many other... can I say it... vastly better filmmakers who haven't been able to make as many films as him. So, you know, be a bit more f*cking humble."
To say nothing of coaxing every distributor at the festival to the world premiere of his endlessly hyped acquisition title You Paid WHAT to Get In Here?, only to stage a fake auction and buy the film's rights his slovenly damn self for $20.
Anyway, if Twitter crashes on you this morning, it won't be because of Egypt news or Australia news or US weather-emergency news. It'll be because a 40-something baby in New Jersey woke up with a diaper full of crap and won't stop wailing, 140 characters at a time, until it's changed. Be prepared.
· Sundance Interview: James Marsh Talks Project Nim And Criticizes Kevin Smith [Cinema Blend via FilmDrunk; transcription via FilmDrunk]