Here’s an interesting little bit for the growing number of movie fans who have wondered just what has happened to director M. Night Shyamalan over the years.
Now that The Last Airbender has arrived, leaving in its wake one of the biggest collection of negative reviews ever seen, everyone wants to know why such a major decline in quality has taken place and why Shyamalan keeps getting to make more movies. One reporter during a press conference in Mexico City decided to stand up and ask the director — with the utmost professionalism, I might add — what we’ve all wanted to ask him. Shyamalan didn’t take it so well.
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In case you have trouble making out what’s being said in the video below, here’s the basic idea. The question that the reporter asks is “Your movies have been very personal. However, the audience has lost its faith in your work, with Lady in the Water and many of your more recent productions. Airbender feels like you want to captivate the audiences again by becoming more commercial. Am I right?”
Shyamalan then responds rather sharply with “I think if I thought like you I’d kill myself. Everything you said is the opposite of my instinct as an artist. The way you just thought, I literally would kill myself.” He then goes on to talk about how he doesn’t agree or share this opinion (obviously), and how one movie is huge in a certain country and another movie is huge in a different country and so on. He also talks about how much money he’s turned down to protect the integrity of his work and his vision.
The director got off to maybe one of the best starts in movies we’ve ever seen but also developed something of a curse along the way. After The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs, he had acquired himself a reputation for the infamous twist ending and leaving him under the pressure of delivering a good one each time. His inability to do so first shined through in The Village, which featured a twist not many accepted warmly. The director was then led him to try and tackle other genres to try and escape this cursed reputation, the products of which included Lady in the Water, The Happening, and now The Last Airbender — each arguably worse than the last for the majority of people who have seen them.
See for yourself how M. Night Shyamalan handled this growing question and share your thoughts below!