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The 'Die Hard' Director Really Hates Captain America, 'Fury Road'

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 13, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | July 13, 2016 |

We have not seen or heard much from Die Hard director John McTiernan lately. He hasn’t made a film since 2003’s Basic or a film we’ve heard of since 2002’s Rollerball, a movie most of us wish we could forget. He did make the fantastic The Thomas Crown Affair in 1999, but he also made Last Action Hero, which is not good (despite what many of you might otherwise suggest, Seth).

He’s back in the news this week, having been interviewed by the French magazine Premiere, and he did not have kind words for last year’s best film, Mad Max: Fury Road:

“Pffff … corporate product.”

Really? “Corporate product”? So, McTiernan is basically lumping George Miller’s film into the same category as the Divergent films. Just blockbuster piddle.

McTiernan has no love for comic book films, either:

“…these are films made by fascists. Comic book heroes are for businesses.”

Well, given Joss Whedon’s experiences on Avengers 2, there may be some truth to Marvel being run by fascists, and there’s certainly truth to the fact that they are businesses. Hollywood is in the business of making money, after all, and business is good.

McTiernan also singled out Captain America for the worst of his criticisms:

“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?”

Wow. Here’s your hyper masculinity, McTiernan.


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