Matthew McConaughey and the perception of Super-Hero films in Hollywood:
In an interview with Variety discussing many topics, including some of his current projects, was asked why Hollywood is limited in budgets for specific types of films, and he drew a line straight to super-hero movies. Specifically he mentioned that studios are looking for the bigger money makers and willing to give huge budget money to “The Avengers” and “Iron Man”, and then points out that there’s no offers for increased budgets on films like “Dallas Buyers Club” which was limited to just $5 million budget and only had a window of 27 days to do it in. He also mentioned a statement made while speaking with Robert Zemeckis a few months ago saying “You could never make ‘Contact’ again today, because no studio will budget it.”
Personally I disagree. I think there’s a perfect example in a movie called “Moon” (2009) which had exactly the same restrictions with a $5 million budget and just passed the 27 days it took for “Dallas Buyers Club” with a production time of 33 days. This film was excellent by the way. So I don’t think Hollywood has the excuse to use. I do think the market is favoring the huge box office hits from Marvel. While I am sure studios won’t pay a director $20+ million to produce a film like “Moon”, it isn’t as necessary as it once was. Movies that Marvel are producing require so much more, so it would appear at face value for people don’t prefer Marvel films, that Hollywood has somehow turned its back on projects like “Contact”.
Continuing, McConaughey did claim to have read some Marvel scripts and had discussions about working on some scripts but is holding out on who and what talks he’s had. He claims none of the roles so far has been right for him but that he’s “open to it”. I think there is an issue with the perception of super-hero movies and it’s infected Hollywooders. Jokes and jabs are taking at super-hero films each year at the awards shows which implies a majority of the audience feels similarly. There are also issues for actors working on these types of films because of the strong contractual requirement to appear in multiple films. We know actors like Chris Evans has experienced being overwhelmed, and that he is awaiting temporary retirement or extended break from filming. I can sympathize for some actors that would like to participate in the gigantic money grab, but also have to deal with potentially more than a decade of you life being stuck doing something you may not end up enjoying as much as you anticipated.
He does go on to explain that he’s thought out and is actively weighing these issues, “It’s very simple for me. I look at the script. Is the opportunity exciting? Is the money that comes with it exciting? Sure. Is it the possibility of going, ‘Hey you can get on a train and it can be a franchise and you could do 3, 4, 5, and have a great time as some kind of superhero or anti-hero.’ But I would also look at something like that and say, ‘Hey, in success that means you are on the train for a while.’ Contractually, you’re going to return to the character over and over. It’s something I asked myself is it something I’d want to return to. Would I be excited to go back and put the shoes on the character again? Going and doing the press tour with that group of people again? I always ask myself those questions again. It starts with the story and character.”
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