The director of Alien and Gladiator, Ridley Scott, who turns 86 this year, spares neither critics nor historians: he gives scathing scorn to those who criticize his latest film.
Ridley Scott His Napoleon film has not yet been released, but the director has already responded to international criticism. Opinions are strongly divided: some hail his masterpiece, while others criticize it for historical inaccuracies. An example of the latter Dan Snow His TikTok review, in which the historian and TV presenter draws attention to the fact that the film shows Napoleon in locations that the monarch never visited in real life. Scott answered this in his interview with the New Yorker:
Better do something with your life!
In an interview with the Times, they discussed the findings of some French media with the filmmaker. For example, Le Point called the film “anti-French and pro-British”, while Le Figaro compared Napoleon Bonaparte and Empress Josephine to Barbie and Ken. According to the French GQ, the Napoleon “deeply clumsy, unnatural and gratuitously funny”. Scott responded to these criticisms several times:
I didn’t need historians to do my Napoleon epic
Sorry mate, were you there? No? Then shut up!
And he told the BBC about the criticism that “the French can’t stand themselves” and that “the Parisian audience loved it”.
This is not the first time Ridley Scott has made a statement in a scratchy style, his previous historical film, The final duel for example, he blamed young people raised on mobile phones for his downfall.