M. Night Shyamalan has to be one of the most disappointing Hollywood personalities ever, right? Upon the release of The Sixth Sense, he had SO MUCH potential, potential that was only amplified by his next two successes, Unbreakable and Signs. But after Signs, things just started to get worse and worse for the filmmaker, until he’s at the place he’s in now—laughed at, hated, and generally lauded as one of the worst directors out there. So what happened that turned the talented Shyamalan into the horrible filmmaker we know him as today? Well the answer is quite obvious if this recent interview is any indication—M. Night Shyamalan lives in the world of M. Night Shyamalan, and refuses to see his films as nothing but great works. Find out how a man could be so warped after the jump.
Showbiz 411 posted a video in which they spoke to M. Night Shyamalan about his newest film, After Earth, and brought up the critical failure that was The Last Airbender. Shyamalan’s excuse is both sad and hilarious. Check it out below (text via /Film):
I don’t know what’s going on with me and the critics in the United States, I gotta tell you. Something’s going on.
They’ve never got me, and it’s getting worse. It’s almost like, go away. I also think I’m getting more, you know, influenced by other cultures more, as you could see from the movie. So I’m not doing like a straight-up American movie anymore. The tonalities are changing. I always had a European sensibility to my movies. The pacing is always a little bit off for them, and it feels a little stilted, and they need more electricity and all that stuff.
And I’m like, this is the way I think of things. ‘Cause, you know, Hitchcock and Kurosawa and Stanley Kubrick, these are my teachers. So it could be a little bit of that, that there’s just a little bit of cultural difference. Just like on this movie, I’m very used to getting on a plane from the U.S., having been savaged by them, and then going to, like in this case, I went to Japan next, and then they’re like, “Genius!”
You can lose your mind a little bit, going on Saturday from being an idiot to Sunday being a genius. But it gives you perspective. But luckily for me, it’s not something I can fight. It’s not my fight to fight. I’m defenseless, it’s the audience, if they choose to fight for me, then they fight for me. And they have through my career, and I’m honored to have that relationship with them. And I’ll keep fighting for that relationship. And maybe, 20 years from now, I’ll get a good review, I’ll sit here together, and be like, “I got a good review! Woohoo!”
So yeah…it’s quite clear Shyamalan has no idea what’s going on and who he’s seen in the world. This is the guy who notoriously had audiences laughing at his name the moment it was shown on screen. That’s not fighting for you in the slightest, M. Night. And later he makes the point that he no longer makes film for Americans, saying that we need more “electricity” or something like that. Which is wrong, Mr. Shyamalan; we need more quality, ad that’s something your clearly not giving us anymore. But what’s the point? Clearly Shyamalan is living in his own little world of yes men and box office success, and nothing we change can save him now. There was once a future in Hollywood for this man, but no longer. Seems he’s nothing but another George Lucas missed opportunity. And what a bloody shame that is too.