Rarely will one go as far as to publicly bury the movies their studio was responsible for making, but Universal‘s Ron Meyer decided to bring out the shovel and start digging…. deep.
While speaking to a crowd at the Savannah Film Festival, Meyer pulled no punches describing just how he really feels. Let’s just say you won’t be seeing the words “Fantastic”, “wonderful” or “Oscar worthy” anywhere in the following.
Meyer said “We make a lot of s***ty movies…Every one of them breaks my heart.”
If Ron has anyone to blame he could blame himself, as an executive he does have say in how a film can be constructed right up to the final development stages. At any point he could have pulled the plug on anything, but instead he just wants to bitch and boy does he ever.
On Jon Favreau’s sci-fi western Cowboys & Aliens, starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford:
“Cowboys & Aliens wasn’t good enough. … Forget all the smart people involved in it, it wasn’t good enough. All those little creatures bouncing around were crappy. I think it was a mediocre movie, and we all did a mediocre job with it … I have to take first responsibility because I’m part of it, but we all did a mediocre job and we paid the price for it. It happens. They’re talented people. Certainly you couldn’t have more talented people involved in Cowboys & Aliens, but it took, you know, ten smart and talented people to come up with a mediocre movie. It just happens.”
On the comedy time and space traveling comedy Land of the Lost, starring Will Ferrell:
“Land of the Lost was just crap. … I mean, there was no excuse for it. The best intentions all went wrong … Cowboys & Aliens didn’t deserve better. Land of the Lost didn’t deserve better. Scott Pilgrim did deserve better, but it just didn’t capture enough of the imaginations of people.”
I give Ron credit for the Land of the Lost slam, since it really did suck something ferice, and the defense of Edgar Wright‘s Scott Pilgrim. Ron however, saved the worst of his venom for the Joe Johnston (Captain America) directed The Wolfman, starring Anthony Hopkins and Benecio Del Toro:
“One of the worst movies we ever made was Wolfman. … It’s one of those movies, the moment I saw it I thought, ‘What have we all done here?’ That movie was crappy. [The cast] was awful. The director was wrong. Benicio stunk. It all stunk.”
The cost of security alone is already going to cost him big, but after hearing such kind words spoken about their movies it will be some kind of miracle if Ron stays in Universal for much longer.