It looks like the director of BABYLON A.D. will not be watching his own film this weekend; because he thinks it sucks. He has begun to air his disgust for the filming experience the week before it opens! We get the following skinny from our friends at JoBlo:
Matieu Kassovitz (LA HAINE, GOTHIKA) clearly didn’t have a very good time making the film. As he candidly tells AMC: “I never had a chance to do one scene the way it was written or the way I wanted it to be. The script wasn’t respected. Bad producers, bad partners, it was a terrible experience.”
Not a lot of gray area there, but what Kassovitz dislikes about the cut could be what appeals to the American masses: “It’s pure violence and stupidity,” and “parts of the movie are like a bad episode of 24”.
Holy crow, this is quite a verbal hammer for the director to throw at his film before release. It seems that more and more people involved in films are venting their frustrations publicly before they’re even released. I’m not sure if this is due to a lack of respect for keeping mum on in house business, or if it’s just easier for word to “sneak out” because of the internet.
Either way, Kassovitz is clearly not happy with the finished product and he’s the director. From what he says everything was changed along the way, and if this is the case, I can completely understand his frustration. He didn’t sign on for the film that was made and it’s dirty pool for them to pull shit like that on the fly.
As far as complaining about the “violence and stupidity” he is working with Fox and Vin Diesel on what appears to be an action film….is it a stretch to suggest that he should have seen it coming?