Nymphomaniac, Millennium, Breaking the Waves, Pirates of the Caribbean, Wil Hunting, Chernobyl… Stellan Skarsgård is one of the biggest players in the world. The man recently shared the poster of Dune with Dave Bautista, one of his fans. But the actor does not turn his back on big productions since he is found in several works of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Thor, Avengers, fans know the Swedish face. Despite his place in the universe, Stellan Skarsgård is not shy to cast a critical eye. During an interview (via WGTC), man believes that these productions deserve to have a place in the cinematographic landscape.
On the other hand, Stellan Skarsgård denounces the monopoly superhero movies.
Difficult to prove him wrong. For ten years, the studios seem to take few risks apart from the adaptations of comics.
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Impossible to miss the endless debate on superhero films. Denis Villeneuve, director of Dune, believes that these productions are all alike. Ridley Scott, to whom we owe such major works as Blade Runner and Alien, share this opinion. Without forgetting Martin Scorsese, the director of Taxi Driver and The Freedmen, definitely opposed to these superheroic films.
Stellan Skarsgård in a position much more nuanced which he shared in an interview for the Guardian.
I have nothing against superhero movies. I played in these productions and they have their place completely. The problem, is that the system allows 8 people to own half the wealth of the world and to have power in the market. Independent cinemas hardly exist outside the big cities. There are no distribution channels for mid-budget films with better actors, better texts. They can’t shell out $ 3 million on marketing.
When theaters broadcast them, it’s a week because it doesn’t bring in anything. I think we should have more films. This is what is sad. When market forces kick in, studios are run like corporations not giving away movies or toothpaste. Only performance matters. When AT&T bought Warner, it called on HBO to be cheaper and more commercial. They are still making money but not enough for an investor.
– Stellan Skarsgård