The Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard knows a thing or two about big movies, after starring in The Pirates of the Caribbean series, Oh mother!, Denis Villeneuve’s remake of Dune, and, of course, appeared as Erik Selvig in Marvel’s Thor movies and two Avengers excursions.
When it comes to the latter of these, there have been more than a few great instructors who have taken a part out of MCU recently, including Ridley Scott and Martin Scorsese, and Skarsgard has his own opinions, which he recently elaborated on in an interview with The Guardian.
When the actor performed at the Gotenberg Film Festival, the actor made a number of points about the criticism of Marvel’s work by Scorsese and had some interesting things to say at the time.
“What Martin Scorsese wrote in his article [in NYT] was not that it was Marvel’s fault, for it is not, and he knows it. The mistake is that for decades we have believed that the market should control everything and that the rich should get richer. And that’s the root of it all, because what’s happened is that all the different small distribution companies have been deleted. It is a monopoly everywhere. ”
He continued: “Some film companies are no longer run by people who want to make money specifically on the film because they like the film. They are run by big companies who want 10% back on their invested capital. Which means that as long as they “That’s fine popcorn. That’s why all the middle class movies that are less than $ 100 million in budget and over $ 3 million in budget no longer exist.”
In conclusion, he added: “Midrange movies are the ones that can slowly grow in cinema. They opened in a few cinemas and they went on for years. One flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest drove continuously in Stockholm for 20 years. It will not happen now. So it’s not all Marvel’s fault. It is to blame for an idea of how the world’s economic systems should work. Because these systems are all fiction, but the fiction we’ve had for the last couple of decades has led to this. ”
In The Guardian, Skarsgard expanded on this, explaining that while he has no problem with superhero movies, the market has turned them into all-encompassing giants that prevent “mid-budget” movies from finding their true success. He explained:
“I have nothing against superhero movies. I’ve been in a couple and they definitely have a place. The problem is that the system that allows eight people to own half the world’s wealth increases the power of market forces, so small and independent cinemas rarely exists more outside a few big cities.There are no distribution channels for all mid-budget films that have the best actors, the best authorship, because they can not throw $ 3 million up for a marketing campaign.When cinemas close them in, do they do it for a week, and if it does not pay off in a week, they are gone.
Keep in mind that The Godfather first opened in 100 cinemas in the US – big movies now open in 4,000. They had small ads in the New York Times, but it grew and grew because it was such a good movie. The opinion of the people has no chance anymore. And it’s sad.
I think we should have Marvel movies and more roller coaster movies. We should have other movies too. And that’s the sad thing: When raw market forces come in, studios start to be run by companies that do not care if they trade in film or toothpaste, as long as they get their 10% [return]. When AT&T took over Time Warner, it immediately told HBO to become easier and more commercial. They always made money. But not enough for an investor. ”
While it would make sense to have a theater market where it was not just about the endless grip of superprofits, with sequels, remakes and reboots pulled out just to make money on a well-known IP, the likelihood of that happening is a million miles away. That being said, while cinema releases from the past year have been under pressure and those who have done well in cinemas have followed that name recognition route, the huge range of streaming services that pump money into exclusive content could have come on The right time to give these “middle class” movies is the best chance they have had in years.
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