I'm not sure there's anything more satisfying than a run-of-the-mill Q&A or interview taking a turn for the unexpectedly, uncomfortably real. During a recent speech at the Savannah Film Festival, Universal Studios chief Ron Meyer delivered this in spectacular fashion, telling the crowd, "We make a lot of shitty movies, and every one of them breaks my heart." He then singled out Wolfman and poor, defenseless Babe 2: Pig in the City as "two of the shittiest movies we put out."
That wasn't even close to the end of it. Meyer went on:
"One of the worst movies we ever made was Wolfman… It’s one of those movies, the moment I saw it I thought, ‘What have we all done here?’ That movie was crappy. We all went wrong. It was one of those things… Like I said, we make a lot of bad movies. That’s one we should have smelled out a long time ago. It was wrong. The script never got right… [The cast] was awful. The director was wrong. Benicio [del Toro] stunk. It all stunk."
Had enough? No, me either. Good thing Meyer also had some thoughts on Land of the Lost and Cowboys and Aliens, two of the studio's most high-profile duds in recent memory:
"Land Of The Lost was just crap. I mean, there was no excuse for it. The best intentions all went wrong… Cowboys & Aliens wasn’t good enough. Forget all the smart people involved in it, it wasn’t good enough… All those little creatures bouncing around were crappy. I think it was a mediocre movie, and we all did a mediocre job with it…
Cowboys & Aliens didn’t deserve better. Land of the Lost didn’t deserve better… Cowboys & Aliens was a big loss, and Land of the Lost was a huge loss. We misfired. We were wrong. We did it badly, and I think we’re all guilty of it. I have to take first responsibility because I’m part of it, but we all did a mediocre job and we paid the price for it. It happens. They’re talented people. Certainly you couldn’t have more talented people involved in Cowboys & Aliens, but it took, you know, ten smart and talented people to come up with a mediocre movie. It just happens.
To be fair, Meyer did also take time to sing the praises of A Beautiful Mind and United 93, but that's almost entirely overshadowed by this unbelievably perfect rant. Ron, as a personal favor to me, please keep giving as many interviews as you can physically withstand.