During the promotional tour of his most recent tape Bard, Director Alejandro González Iñárritu went back in time to return to Robert Downey Jr.’s controversial comment in response to the Mexican filmmaker’s opinion on superhero movies.
Due to the bad reviews Bard received from critics who described it as “pretentious” after the world premiere of the film at the Venice Film Festival, during an interview with IndieWire, the Oscar winner brought up the answer, which some interpreted as racist, of the actor of Hombre de Hierro.
It all started in 2014, when González Iñárritu revealed that superhero movies were not to his liking. In his initial comments, he said that only the word “superhero” bothered him, but ended up comparing the genre to “cultural genocide.”
What the hell does that mean? It is a false, misleading conception, the superhero. So, the way in which they apply violence to him is absolutely from the right wing. If you look at the mentality of most of those movies, it’s really about people who are rich, who have power, who will do good, who will kill the bad guy. Philosophically, I just don’t like them.
A year later, during an interview for GuardianRobert Downey Jr., who for years played Iron Man, was asked what he thought about the director’s comment on Birdman:
For a man whose mother tongue is Spanish, being able to put together a phrase like ‘cultural genocide’ just speaks volumes about how brilliant he is.
Although seven years have passed since the star’s controversial statement Sherlock HolmesGonzález Iñárritu reflected on Robert’s words to point out that if the film were from “Denmark or Sweden”, it would not be considered pretentious.
It was like, ‘Oh, you guys from your banana country.’ If I were from Denmark or Sweden, it could be seen as philosophical, but when you’re Mexican and you say those things, you’re pretentious.
Starring Daniel Giménez Cacho, Bard It will be released in theaters and on Netflix. The comedy debuts on the big screen on November 18, 2022, while it will be broadcast on the platform of streaming on December 16, 2022.