Filmmaker and prosecuted criminal John McTiernan, who was responsible for directing the iconic Hollywood action blockbuster Die Hard, has launched a scathing attack on the Hollywood action blockbusters of today. Anyone who can spot the logic in his comments receives a free Bucky Barnes figurine.
Speaking to the French magazine Premiere, McTiernan asked: "How is it possible to watch a movie called Captain America?"
(With a bag of popcorn and an XL Sprite, John.)
What Ever Happened To John McTiernan?
From Predator to The Hunt For Red October, McTiernan directed a series of all-time classics at the tail end of the '80s, as well as the 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. The follow up to that film, Rollerball (2002), became one of the biggest box office bombs of all-time. It earned a super-splat 3% on Rotten Tomatoes.
While Rollerball was in production, the director illegally wire-tapped the phone of producer Charles Roven. After perjuring himself in court when charges were brought against him (on top of lying to the FBI during the course of their investigation), he was eventually sentenced to one year in prison in 2010, but even then he didn't actually surrender and served time until 2013.
Apparently jail time didn't do much to humble McTiernan — in the interview with Premiere, he effectively ends all prospect of ever being hired to make another blockbuster by coming for modern Hollywood movies, including the Captain America trilogy and Mad Max: Fury Road, with a stream of verbal diarrhea. Here's what he had to say about Marvel's leading man:
"These are films made by fascists. Comic book heroes are for businesses. Captain America… The cult of American hyper-masculinity is one of the worst things that has happened in the world during the last fifty years. Hundreds of thousands of people died because of this stupid illusion. So how is it possible to watch a movie called Captain America?"
I'm sure millions of teenagers and adults the world-over would have something to say about the casual disparaging of comic book heroes, and it's probably best we don't even get into the bizarre decision to equate the USA's military efforts overseas with a superhero who is "hyper-masculine" only in body shape. These are the comments of a man who's never actually seen a Captain America movie, but perhaps his prison luxuries didn't quite stretch to movie rental.
McTiernan also dismissed Mad Max: Fury Road, a film widely praised for its progressive feminist message, as "corporate product," which is pretty rich coming from the guy who made an entirely unnecessary Die Hard sequel — and, you know, worked in Hollywood.
So what's next for the fallen former A-list director with the big mouth? According to Screen Rant, he plans to make an action film for the French market titled Thin Rain and starring Cate Blanchett. Whether Blanchett will want to work with McTiernan, given that she will soon star in another "fascist" Marvel movie, Thor: Ragnarok, remains to be seen.