Ridley Scott is one of the leading directors in Hollywood. Despite getting much of youth attention for his House of Gucci, Scott notes that Millennials make bad audiences.

Ridley Scott pinned the blame of his last box office bust The Last Duel on millennials. Although Ridley said he ultimately stands by his work and has only one true critic in mind to appease, the film got raving reviews from critics.

The Last Duel released in mid-October starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer. It raked in a measly $28 million against a production budget of $100 million.

The acclaimed director addressed the film’s less-than-expected grossing numbers during the latest episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. Ridley says there is a particular generation that is responsible for the absence in sales.
“What we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these f–king cellphones. The millennials do not ever want to be taught anything unless you’re told it on a cellphone.”

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

“The bosses loved the movie — because I was concerned it was not for them — but they really liked the movie, so their advertising, publicity, et cetera, was excellent. I think what it boils down to — what we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these f**king cell phones,”

The mind behind masterpieces like Alien (1979), Blade Runner (1982), Thelma & Louise (1991), and Gladiator (2000) said that he has no regrets about making the movie. He added that Disney loved the film and left no stone unturned in the promoting The Last Duel. However, it became one of the biggest commercial flops of his career.

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Shifa Jahan

Shifa Jahan is a freelance writer from Bahrain currently pursuing her Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India. She is experienced in Copywriting, Academic Writing and loves to write about pop culture/ entertainment-news. Other interests include theatre, teaching, foreign languages and culture.

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