Ridley Scott blames millennials for 'The Last Duel' failing at the box office

Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News on

Published in Entertainment News

Ridley Scott may be throwing out the babies with the bathwater with his theory of why his last movie was a box office bomb.

Following his recent diss of superhero movies (calling them “boring as s—”), the foul-mouthed filmmaker claims millennials are to blame for his film “The Last Duel” dying a fast death in movie theaters.

According to his logic, the pandemic called COVID that has claimed nearly 800,000 lives in the United States since last year, wasn’t a factor.

“I think what it boils down to — what we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these f—ing cellphones,” the director told Marc Maron on his WTF podcast.

“The millennian do not ever want to be taught anything unless you are told it on the cellphone,” he added. “This is a broad stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook. There is a misdirection that has happened where it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think.”

Set in medieval France, the Ben Affleck and Matt Damon movie released on Oct. 15 brought in just over $27 million globally on a reported budget of $100 million.

Over the past five decades, Scott, 83, has had success helming films in multiple genres, such as “Alien,” “Blade Runner,” “Thelma & Louise,” “Gladiator” and “Black Hawk Down.”


Not so much this go round, though.

But he still stands by his creative choices for the 20th Century Fox film most critics seemed to favor.

“We all thought it was a terrific script, and we made it,” he commented, allowing, “You can’t win all the time.”

“I’ve never had one regret on any movie I’ve ever made. Nothing,” Scott added. “I learned very early on to be your own critic.... Walk away. Make sure you’re happy. And don’t look back. That’s me.”

This weekend, Scott’s box office prowess will be put to test now that his latest film, “House of Gucci,” is out in theaters.


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