‘Die Hard’ Director John McTiernan Talked Smack About ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

Mad Max: Fury Road was one of the most successful and critically well-received films of 2015, picking up six Academy Awards out of ten nominations. Any success would have been impressive, as making everyone happy with another Mad Max film after so much time away from the character and universe was assuredly a tall order.

It looks like not everybody in the film industry is a fan of George Miller’s non-stop crazy action sequence in a desert though. John McTiernan, best known as the helmer of the original Die Hard, spoke to movie magazine Premiere about his feelings regarding modern movies and the “cult of masculinity.”

As McTiernan said about Mad Max:

When asked specifically about last year’s “Fury Road,” the director said “Pffff … corporate product.”

He went on to call comic book movies films “made by fascists” in which “there is action but not of human beings.” Because if there is one thing that John McTiernan wants to prove it’s that he might hate modern action moves but he loves hyperbole.

As to the reason McTiernan, who directed a great action movie, can’t watch new action movies?

“I can’t really watch them. I’m pissed off the second they start,” said McTiernan. “The cult of American hyper-masculinity is one of the worst things that has happened in the world during the last fifty years. Hundreds of thousands of people died because of this stupid illusion. So how is it possible to watch a movie called Captain America?”

Chances are Hollywood isn’t about to stop making action movies and comic book adaptations, whether they are impeccable or terrible, just because John McTiernan says he doesn’t like them anymore.

(via The Wrap)