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Apparently kooky director Michel Gondry, who recently stepped out of the world of kookiness to direct what is probably his most mainstream film to date, the superhero flick “Green Hornet”, doesn’t think very highly of nerds. Or at least, the ones that crowd the convention halls of the San Diego Comic Con. And apparently ol Michel didn’t have the slam-bang good times there that people with geek-friendly movies usually do at the annual convention.
His eyes light up when he mentions Rogen, but the reaction of the fanboys and bloggers to the prospect of The Green Hornet – which the director describes as a “super-antihero movie” – could hardly have been more hostile. During the film’s presentation at San Diego’s Comic-Con this summer, the Q&A session was almost drowned out by the stampede of walkouts. Gondry sneers quite magnificently at the memory. “I usually identify with the nerds,” he points out, “but these ones just reinforce the social rules. Their values are fascistic. All those people marching around in capes and masks and boots. The superhero imagery is totally fascist!” He’s on a roll now. “When you step into this genre, they feel it belongs to them. They want you to conform, or they won’t like you. They want the conventional. But it’s fine. The movie’s been doing very well, I think, whenever we’ve screened it to normal people.”
Haha, nerds, Michel Gondry doesn’t think you’re “normal people”. Take that!
Here’s the latest trailer for “The Green Hornet”. The film, starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, and Christoph Waltz, opens January 14, 2011. So, looking “super-antihero” to you?