StarPulse.com: What is it then? Are you polarizing?
Ratner: You know what it is. That’s their whole life, they have nothing more to do than to worry. What are they concerned about? It’s out of the filmmaker’s hands. A film is a collaborative effort. How’s a person sitting at home going to worry about how a movie is going to turn out to be? I just know one thing: Mine out grossed the other two by far. Mine was the one that made the most narrative sense. And I’m not knocking Bryan’s movie but he just does a certain thing; Bryan uses his brain and I use my eye and my instincts more. It’s a whole different approach to making a movie. I’m not saying my movie wasn’t smart; I just wasn’t intellectualizing it. I was just looking at it as pure entertainment value which is what it was.
Me: So at first Ratner calls Bryan Singer his good friend and then throws his movies under the bus? I’m sorry, he did preface his comments with “And I’m not knocking Bryan’s movie”, so I guess it’s OK. I would really like to comment on his “Bryan uses his brain” remark but that would be like beating a piñata with a semi-truck.
Brett was not the first choice to direct X-Men 3 – heck he wasn’t even the second choice! Kick Ass director Matthew Vaughan was on-board briefly, however when Singer and Vaughn both pulled out during production, Fox had to do something quick to fill the director’s chair. IMHO, what Fox did tapping Ratner for the job is the equivalent of taking the ugly girl home from the bar at the end of the night because the cute ones left with your friends.
Now, I’m the first to give Ratner props for at least getting the movie done under some poor circumstances: low budget, bad script, short production time, studio meddling and high fan expectations. He stepped in and finished what no one else seemed to want to do, but that doesn’t excuse him for his next statement:
Ratner: When I was a kid and used to watch that cartoon it was just fun. It wasn’t a deeper meaning for me when I watched the cartoon as a kid. I didn’t read the comic books but it doesn’t matter, the cartoon is the same f*cking thing. The most ridiculous statement I’ve read is — and of course I looked at the Internet after the movie came out — that I buried the franchise. If I buried the franchise how the f*ck did they make a “Wolverine”? I mean, that’s ridiculous. And they’re making three other f*cking “X-Men” movies. Mine kept the franchise alive!
Me: Once again, fantastic language by Mr. Classy but, in that one statement Ratner proves why he should never have been chosen (third) to helm this project. The X-Men cartoons were never intended to replace the comics; they were only supposed to extend their media reach. The stories and characters in the cartoon were all vastly different then the comics and this could be a major reason why Ratner’s X-Men universe didn’t work; he didn’t truly understand how the stories and characters were supposed come across. What Brett (by his own words) was make a movie based on a TV show that’s based on a comic book. There is a lot that gets lost in translation when movies are done that way.
As far as a response to his “buried the franchise” remark, he really DID bury the franchise. The way he left the characters and burnt bridges tied off story lines almost guarantees fans will never see an X-Men 4. Sure we have the new Wolverine franchise to follow and there have been rumors of a Magneto and Gambit spin-offs but Ranter didn’t do anything in X-Men 3 to help facilitate any of that.
I guess what cheeses me off the most is his flippant attitude towards his audience. Compare that to Jon Favreau, who reached out to fans and looked for the feedback and input (within reason) for Iron Man. There are very few directors in Hollywood that can pack people in theaters just BECAUSE they are directing it; I would put Scorsese, Spielberg, and Coppola at the top of that list right now. Brett Ratner’s name, however, would not show up on that list. These directors have established themselves in the world of cinema to such a degree that their name alone will draw in moviegoers regardless of what acting talent is in the film.
Ratner, on the other hand, must still rely on big name actors and pre-established content to draw in audiences. Do you think anyone would have watched Rush Hour 1, 2, or 3 if Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker weren’t starring? Would After the Sunset (which I actually liked) have had the box office success if Pierce Bronson and Woody Harrelson weren’t’ attached?
There is no way to know the answer for sure but I challenge Ratner to try and make a big blockbuster film that equals the success of X-Men 3 WITHOUT having a built-in fan base from previous films, or riding the coat tails of big name actors. District 9 did it this summer with no recognizable faces or names behind the camera.
Brett Ratner, the gauntlet has been thrown down; will you pick it up?
What do you think about Brett Ratner’s comments and feelings toward the comic book fan boy community?