Hey, Nerds! Michel Gondry Thinks You’re All a Bunch of Fascists!


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.

Speaking to the Guardian (via Superherohype), Gondry had some choice words for those costume-wearing weirdos:

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?

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  • Defelicem1

    He looks like a nerd.

  • Hela

    I think he shouldnt down people that are just there to have fun,weather costume or not. Green Hornet doesnt even look that good.

  • Evilloin

    The rantings of a nerd who tries to fit in, rather than be himself. Damn right nerds feel like they own a character but the Green Hornet? Really? I’ve never felt like I “owned” the Green Hornet, just the part of the Green Hornet that has Bruce Lee. Nerds own the hell out of that! Michel Gondry’s comments can be compared to a prostitute who spits on ever john she tricks: Fill in analogy HERE…

  • Anonymous

    He’s making a superhero movie starring Seth Rogen. Reap what you sow

  • Sumitsu01

    Eh… I’ll give the benifit of the doubt, and at least check it out when it hits DVD. But, as a fan of the original, I dunno how well this is gonna do. It may appeal to the new masses, but us old folk probably won’t dig it that much.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    He does have a very good point. As a self professed geek, I know first hand how people can get about their beloved characters. No matter how good something is, unless it’s exactly what they envisioned they become up in arms about the film or at least some aspect of it. I know I wasn’t happy about the casting of Rogen, and then again at the tone of the film but it has slowly warmed up to me, and if it does well, the sequel would probably go a little darker.
    That said I’m also a big advocate of change and innovation with CBMs but only if it makes sense for the story or the character or the world. But alot of comic fans will definitely feel cheated when changes get made to beloved characters. Just look at how many people are flipping out about Thor not wearing a helmet. Sure it’s iconic to the look, but is it PRACTICAL in battle or to be walking around with them all the time. No, and eventually it’d just start to look silly. It’s one thing in comics where no one actually has to deal with wearing it and losing their hearing or peripheral vision, etc, but its another thing when its real and the actor has to act with it wobbling all over the place or try to do an action scene with it not falling off or something. Me personally it doesnt make or break the film, but ALOT of people are upset about it. And yet it’s really a small detail.

  • Evilloin

    Dedpool… Thor’s helmet is a VERY big deal to scrap for the film. Will I miss it?… Not really.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      See! Lol.

  • Thorboy

    This guy is a complete idiot. His movie is horrible and he try to defend that abomination bringing in the word “fascist” without any knowledge of it. Listen, i’m italian, I know what fascist means, and speaking of it as “those people marching around in capes and masks and boots” means that you’re failing hard.

    He doesn’t want capes? Fine! Go watch “Hancock”. He wants original heroes? Go watch “Kick-Ass”. I’ll never waste my money for a movie like his Green Hornet and people who knows comic books think the same thing… he can complain about it for the next 400 years, that will not turn is “thing” in a better movie.

  • Dynateljojo

    Well I’m glad to see that this movie is getting off to such a wonderful start. After waiting for more than 40 years for the Green Hornet to hit the big screen, casting Rogen in the lead role is just wrong! Rogen will never be more than the goofy guy in the supporting role of any movie. This is also a blatant disrespect in the memory of Bruce Lee. I guess it was only a blessing that Kevin Smith also got turned down to direct this movie as well…he wanted to make Kato a chick, LOL !!!

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      As much a fan as I am of Bruce Lee, Green Hornet isn’t about him. I am still skeptic of this movie cause of Rogen, but Jay Chou seems to be a decent Kato. As for Kevin Smith’s version it was a legacy story with the original Kato’s daughter as the new Kato and the ass kicker and serious one while Reid Jr is the non trained but well meaning new Hornet. So the unbalanced team thing stayed. I like the current comic based on Smith’s script actually. It doesnt destroy what we loved about the character, it uses it as a foundation to bring the character into the 21st century, but respects the legacy of what came before it.

  • Ch10oc

    he’s a dick head and should really watch his mouth when talking about his target audience. don’t like nerds, don’t make si-fi movies, plain and simple. ooh a few people walked out, whats the real reason this guy is so butt hurt, and the genre dose belong to us. were the ones shelling out all the cash to see these movies, get the merch., buy the special edition DVDs for all the bonus crap that the “normal” people dont even care about. with out us these movies would be total flops. who gives a shit about the green hornet anyways, a remake of a crapy 1970’s tv show that only had one season. Fuck this guy.