Why, Luc Besson, why?!
Last week, Luc Besson talked to Bleeding Cool about superheroes, saying. “It’s very hard for me to identify with a superhero because he has a superpower, and I don’t have a superpower,” he said. “All I can see is his power and say ‘oh, thank you so much for saving my life, me, poor little human being.’ I don’t like this relationship. I cant identify with the guy, I’m not like him.”
He also shared some thoughts about the good ol’ U.S. of A, diplomatically mentioning, “They do great things but their tendency towards self-supremacy is a little big.”
Apparently, he was being gentle. In a new interview with Brazilian website Cine Pop, Besson wasn’t pulling any punches. He started out innocently enough, answering a question about whether The Fifth Element and Valerian could take place in the same cinematic universe.
“No, I think there is the same vein. The same blood,” he answered after shooting down the theory. “The same kind of humor and color.”
But then, out of nowhere, Besson turned his wrath on the American jingoism of Hollywood blockbusters.
“And by the way, the aliens are nice, you know, compared to big Hollywood films where the alien is always the villain, and the hero, which is always American, wants to show the power of America and how they can defend us,” he said, gesturing to himself and his interviewer, “Brazilians and French, poor guys who say, ‘oh my god, thank you so much, you’re here.'”
Sensing that this was going better than he could have possibly hoped, the interviewer asked Besson if he was tired of superhero movies.
“Totally tired of it,” Besson agreed immediately. “Totally. I mean, it was great ten years ago when we seen the first Spider-Man, Iron Man, and now it’s like number five, six, seven. There’s superheroes working with another superhero, but it’s not the same family. I’m lost.”
This gave Besson the opportunity to turn the conversation back toward Americans.
“But what bothers me most is that it’s always here to show the supremacy of America and how they are great,” Besson added. “I mean, which country in the world would have the guts to call a film ‘Captain Brazil?’ or ‘Captain France?’ I mean no one. We would be like so ashamed and say ‘no, no, we can’t do that.’ They can. They call it ‘Captain America’. And everybody thinks it’s normal. So, I’m not here for propaganda, I’m here to tell a story.”
Tell us how you really feel, Luc Besson.
“I can’t relate to superheroes,” Besson reiterated at the end of the interview. “I don’t have superpowers. I don’t have tights.”