Michael Moore sticks foot in mouth

Posted by · 7:39 am · September 9th, 2009

Michael MooreI recently had a conversation with someone about Michael Moore and why he has a dicey professional reputation, and the answer — not to put the filmmaker on the couch — was interesting.  Here’s Moore, making money hand over fist yet crying out against the evils of capitalism and the greed of corporatism.  Perhaps it triggers some sort of guilt/self-loathing.

At Venice over the weekend, it seems Moore tried to address that in some way, but he might have effectively discontinued his Hollywood career in the process (though that seems to be fine by him):

In an outburst…that could spell the end of his Hollywood career, Moore turned on a roomful of executives from the film company that bankrolled his latest movie and ridiculed them as the perfect example of a capitalist corporation he criticises in his new film, before pointing out that he is now wealthy enough to make his own.

Moore, whose film Capitalism: A Love Story is in the festival’s official competition, stood in front of executives from the big-budget studio Paramount and openly mocked them. “Why would these companies give money to me, a guy who is diametrically opposed to everything they stand for?” he said.

Oh wait…there’s more…

“I got the sense that they [Hollywood’s moneymen] don’t care what I think or feel… I thought, ‘why don’t I make a movie that will guarantee me never getting a dime from them again?’…

“I think this is the last time they will give me that money. They are not an ideology, they are just about money. I can imagine the conversation – ‘Look what he’s said about us’ says one man, and other says ‘But look how much money he made’,” he said.

Well, for your sake, Michael, I hope you don’t fall on dire straights any time soon.  You’ve got a piece of the hand that feeds stuck in your teeth, by the way.

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  • 1 9-09-2009 at 7:49 am

    Andrew said...

    …and you just have been trapped by the Michael Moore and Paramount publicity machine. Way to give the story and movie legs.

  • 2 9-09-2009 at 7:51 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I’m pretty sure it has legs regardless of what we do here, Andrew.

  • 3 9-09-2009 at 8:06 am

    James D. said...

    If Moore still makes them money, I don’t see why studios would break the relationship. This isn’t Entourage.

  • 4 9-09-2009 at 9:44 am

    El Rocho said...

    What a ‘crit. Of late, particularly ‘Sicko’, I feel Michael Moore is an intelligent man, full of neat ideas and good points, and usually gets his point across extremely effectively, but is just plain annoying.

  • 5 9-09-2009 at 3:52 pm

    interstellar said...

    Slightly manipulated. I’m surprised by the Independent.

    Italian newspapers reported it totally different and WORD BY WORD.

    I wish i could translate it better, anyway that line is a joke;

    then he said that obviously they give him money to make movies until his movies make money – and described his financers (Liberty Media and Viacom) as people with “heart, soul and conscience”.

    Finally answered (to journalist) that yes, next time he would like to be independent, using the money he made from ‘Sicko’.

    Source: la Repubblica : I know, it’s in ITA., but at least the answers are complete…