Ridley Scott sat in as the most recent guest on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast for an episode that was published on Monday and the old man did a lot of whining about the younger generation. In short, he blamed the box office flop of “The Last Duel” on Millennials.
“I think what it boils down to — what we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these fucking cell phones. The millennian, [who] do not ever want to be taught anything unless you told it on the cell phone,” Scott said.
“This is a broad stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook,” Scott added to Maron. “This is a misdirection that has happened where it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think.”
“The Last Duel,” starring Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck, flopped hard at the box office, earning just $27 million worldwide from a $100 million budget.
The synopsis for “The Last Duel” reads, “King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.” And if there’s one thing everybody knows about Millennials, it’s that they simply CANNOT GET ENOUGH 14TH CENTURY HISTORICAL DRAMA!
Scott blaming Millennials for his middling movie and its even worse box office performance is complete horsesh-t. Why doesn’t he blame the 70-million Baby Boomers who stayed home and didn’t bother to watch his film? Because Millennials are an easy target and Scott is a curmudgeonly Boomer himself, too jaded and ignorant to ever dare calling out his own generation.
My review of the film, titled “‘The Last Duel’ Review: A Story More Jagged Than The Scars On Carrouges’ Face” can be read HERE.
Meanwhile, let’s all just collectively say “Ok, Boomer” in response to Scott’s ignorance and move on with our lives.