Mike Newell: Prince of Persia was 'wrong'

Director Mike Newell thinks Hollywood has ''screwed itself'' by relying on CGI-filled blockbusters, but admits he fell into the same trap with 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'.

Nov 19 2012, 12:06am CST | by

Mike Newell: Prince of Persia was 'wrong'

Mike Newell admits his 'Prince of Persia' film was ''wrong''.
The director - best known for 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' and 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' - expressed frustration at Hollywood's obsession with CGI-filled blockbusters and big name stars, saying he fell into the same trap with his Jake Gyllenhaal-fronted fantasy flick.
He told The Telegraph newspaper: ''I think Hollywood has screwed itself - and they know it. They've said that the only way they can sell to the world is to make [blockbusters]. I've done one of them, for God's sake - 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time' - which is one huge CGI sequence after another. I tried to make it like a Jerry Bruckheimer film and I was wrong; it didn't do well.''
He later backtracked, claiming it was a ''foolish'' comment to make about Hollywood and said the most important thing in a blockbuster are killer action sequences.
Mike explained: ''You don't need the actors to be fantastic in those films; you need action sequences to knock you dead. You have to think really hard about whether you change your slot as a director, and my slot is that I never want to be without quality writing.''
The filmmaker's latest film is an adaptation of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations', starring Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes.
He said: ''This time I was desperate to make a 'word' work instead, something where the dialogue mattered.''
The 70-year-old added he may return to his television roots in future because he is fed up of typecasting in films.
Mike said: ''At least you don't get that awful stuff from investors - 'If you don't get Kate Winslet or Robert Pattinson or Emma Watson, don't bother knocking on my door'. They're wonderful actors, of course, but that attitude leads to a lot of typecasting, which is very frustrating.''


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