Black Widow will be released in theaters in the US this Friday, but don’t expect to see actor Stephen Dorff among the audience. In an interview published on Monday, Dorff, who played the villain in the first Blade film, and stars in the “True Detective” and the new film Embattled told the U.K. Independent that he fears his profession is becoming “one huge game show.”
“You have performers that have no idea what they’re doing. “You have filmmakers that have no idea what they’re doing,” Dorff added. “We’re all in these small boxes, floating on these streamers. TV, cinema — it’s all just one giant clusterf**k of stuff these days.” The former actor of the Marvel-based franchise “Blade” took a swipe at comic book films, saying he would never do a picture like the upcoming Black Widow and that he feels embarrassed for actress Scarlett Johansson.
“I still hunt out the good shit because I don’t want to be in Black Widow,” Dorff told the newspaper. “It looks like garbage to me. It looks like a bad video game. I’m embarrassed for those people. I’m embarrassed for Scarlett! I’m sure she got paid five, seven million bucks, but I’m embarrassed for her. I don’t want to be in those movies. I really don’t.”
He added: “I’ll find that kid director that’s gonna be the next [Stanley] Kubrick and I’ll act for him instead.”
Dorff also slammed this year’s Oscars ceremony, which featured awakened lectures from Hollywood stars. The ABC telecast was the lowest-rated Oscars broadcast in modern history.
“This year’s Oscars were the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen.”
Dorff isn’t the only Hollywood alumni to trash superhero movies. According to Daily Wire:
Legendary director Martin Scorsese has said much the same thing of comic book movies. Describing them as “not cinema,” he said in 2019, “Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
Scorsese’s friend Francis Ford Coppola defended this assessment, saying, “When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right, because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again.” The director of the Godfather series took the criticism one step further, arguing, “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”
More recently, actress Emily Blunt has said while there was a time she would have been thrilled to play a superhero in a Marvel movie, her feelings have changed. “I don’t know if superhero movies are for me. They’re not up my alley. I don’t like them. I really don’t,” she told Howard Stern in May. “It’s been exhausted,” she said of the genre overall. “We are inundated—it’s not only all the movies, it’s the endless TV shows as well. It’s not to say that I’d never want to play one, it would just have to be something so cool and like a really cool character, and then I’d be interested.”
Meanwhile, Black Widow will be released in theaters in the US on July 9, as well as on Disney+ with Premier Access for an additional cost. Cate Shortland directs from a script written by Eric Pearson and based on a narrative by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson. The film also stars Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, William Hurt, Ray Winstone, and Rachel Weisz, in addition to Scarlett Johansson. Regardless of what Dorff thinks of the film, it’s been getting above-average ratings by access media critics in its early reviews.
Do you agree with Dorff?