Director Terry Gilliam is making headlines again, but not for any of his films. Instead, he's taking a controversial stance against the #MeToo movement, calling it "mob rule." The filmmaker was interviewed by Agence France Presse (AFP) for a new opera he is directing in Paris entitled "Benvenuto Cellini," when he had some very interesting things to say about the #MeToo movement, and the wave of sexual misconduct allegations that have surfaced since Harvey Weinstein's decades of harassment and abuse were uncovered last October. He also lines up his crosshairs on President Trump and fellow Monty Python friend John Cleese.
While Gilliam states that he thinks Weinstein, "is a monster," who was exposed because he, "is an a--hole and he made so many enemies," he also thinks the reaction to these revelations has become ugly and simplistic, while speaking about Harvey Weinstein's victims.
"People are frightened to say things, to think things. It is a world of victims. I think some people did very well out of meeting with Harvey and others didn't. The ones who did knew what they were doing. These are adults, we are talking about adults with a lot of ambition. Harvey opened the door for a few people, a night with Harvey, that's the price you pay. Some people paid the price, other people suffered from it. I knew enough girls who were in Harvey's suites who were not victims and walked out."
The director added that, while Harvey Weinstein and several others have been exposed, there are still others out there who are, "behaving like Harvey" in the film industry. He added that the atmosphere around the #MeToo movement has, "got silly, people are being described in ridiculous terms as if there is no real humanity left anymore." Here's what he had to say, describing the #MeToo movement as "mob rule."
"It's crazy how simplified things are becoming. There is no intelligence anymore and people seem to be frightened to say what they really think. Now I am told even by my wife to keep my head a bit low. It's like when mob rule takes over, the mob is out there they are carrying their torches and they are going to burn down Frankenstein's castle."
The director also added that he felt sorry for Matt Damon, who the filmmaker worked with on The Brothers Grimm and The Zero Theorem, and describes as a "decent human being." He stated that, after the actor came out and said, "that not all men are rapists," he got "beaten to death" for it. He also used the interview to take a shot at his Monty Python collaborator John Cleese, who he called an "idiot" for supporting the controversial Brexit movement, while also throwing some shade at U.S. President Donald Trump, who he called a "conman."
"(Abuse of power has) always happened. I don't think Hollywood will change, power always takes advantage, it always does and always has. It's how you deal with power, people have got to take responsibility for their own selves. (Humans) are physical creatures. There is touching and there is grabbing, that is the problem. I find it funny that (while this is going on) a self-confessed pussy-grabber is the president of the US and is just walking around. I find it incredible. Look at America under Trump, look at England under the Conservatives, it is just a joke and it is costing fortunes. Britain is part of Europe and to think it can be Great Britain again is utterly foolish. It makes me feel like I've gotten very old and I am living through a nightmare world at the moment."
The 77-year-old filmmaker, who was born in Minnesota before moving to Los Angeles with his family at the age of 12, is now a British citizen, who opposed the Brexit movement. He also added that the, "one big failure of our time" from the 1960s generation was that they didn't, "get women paid the same money as men are paid for the same job." The filmmaker did not offer any details on his new film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, which he had been trying to make for over 20 years, and is currently in post-production, with no release date set at this time. You can read more from his AFP interview at Yahoo.