ByMark Newton, writer at
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Let it never be said is a director who doesn't say it straight. The director of The Immigrant, which debuted at this year's Cannes festival, had said some pretty harsh words for critics of his work.

Generally, The Immigrant has received rave reviews he said:

Well my movie is an hour and forty-eight minutes and lets scenes play, and I don't say this generally because I know it's not politically correct, but if the problem people have with the film is the pace, f*** 'em, because we’re in Cannes, and this is not the place to be watching Transformers 3, and they can go f*** themselves. It’s not that much work, and they should be ashamed of themselves.

He continued:

I have no problem with hearing criticism, I have no problem with hearing people have a problem with the film, one way or another, but if the problem is like, 'Oh, it was slow,' they can go f*** themselves. Because movies are not barium enemas, you’re not supposed to get them over with as quickly as possible. This is a place where films are supposed to be a certain thing where they take their time and you should think about them. It's supposed to be a place where cinema is something for thought, not fast food. If that's what they want they should stay home. Plenty of movies for them in the multiplex, is what I would say.

When it was suggested the movie may have been better received if it had been in a foreign language, Gray was equally as uncompromising:

What happens is different cultures demand different things of you. I'm embarrassed for those people; I think that’s an embarrassing response. They should turn on a neon sign that says 'I'm a moron.'

We're still waiting for news of a wider theatrical release for The Immigrant. Luckily, we'll soon be able to judge Gray's latest movie for ourselves.

Until then, why don't you let me know what you think of Gray's expletive laden outburst. Does he have a point, or should be more respectful to his critics? Tell all in the comments section below.


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