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Read Jodie Foster’s epic rant on superhero movies ‘ruining viewing habits of American population’

Read Jodie Foster’s epic rant on superhero movies ‘ruining viewing habits of American population’

Jodie Foster in Elysium

Jodie Foster has slammed super hero movies and other ‘bad’ cinematic content, saying: ‘Going to the movies has become like a theme park.’

The Elysium actress told the Radio Times: ‘Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking – you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth.’

She furthermore added: ‘It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world. I don’t want to make $200m  (£150m, €203m) movies about superheroes.’

She however added the caveat that she would consider it if the superhero had ‘really complex psychology’.

‘Foster looks at film in an old-fashioned way’

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was quick to weigh in on Jodie’s comments.

Although not personally singled out by Jodie in the interview, Gunn issued the following statement on his personal Twitter:

‘I think Foster looks at film in an old-fashioned way where spectacle film can’t be thought-provoking. It’s often true but not always. Her belief system is pretty common and isn’t totally without basis. I say not without basis because most studio franchise films are quite soulless – and that is a real danger to the future of movies. But there are also quite a few exceptions.

‘For cinema to survive I believe spectacle films NEED to have a vision and heart they traditionally haven’t. And some of us are doing our best to move in that direction. Creating spectacle films that are innovative, humane, and thoughtful is what excites me about this job.

‘But, to be fair, at least from Foster’s quotes, she seems to see filmmaking as something that’s primarily about her own personal growth. For me, that may be part of why I do this, but spending many millions of dollars on a film has to be about more than that – it’s communication – so my experience is merely one spoke on that wheel. But I respect Foster and what she’s done for films and I appreciate her different way of looking at Hollywood’s landscape.’

Foster is a two-time Best Actress Oscar-winner. She picked up her first in 1989 for The Accused. Her second came in 1992 for the horror film Silence of the Lambs.

The star has more recently moved into directing, including an episode of Black Mirror’s fellow Netflix stablemate, House of Cards.

She first addressed her sexuality and the fact she had a female partner during a speech at the Golden Globes in 2013.