The Last Duel Interview Gets Awkward When Ridley Scott Swears at Journalist

A remark about the lack of realism in Ridley Scott’s past movies prompted a heated response from the legendary filmmaker.


Ridley Scott isn’t looking for criticism of his past movies when doing interviews to promote his newest feature, as one journalist recently found out first hand. Scott has been recently promoting The Last Duel, a movie that has been very much impressing critics even if it didn’t exactly light the box office on fire. A clip from one interview, which has since gone viral and is floating around on social media, saw the journalist comparing the realism in The Last Duel with some of the 84-year-old’s previous movies, and that’s when the conversation went off the rails. You can watch the clip below.

In the clip, the interviewer begins to ask Scott a question by stating, “It’s a very realistic film. It looks more realistic than Kingdom of Heaven or Robin Hood.” Before he can get further with his question, Ridley Scott immediately cuts him off with a barrage of F-bombs before then encouraging to simply move along to the next question. The journalist in the video can be seen laughing off the comments, but that doesn’t make it any less awkward. As Scott tells him in the footage:


“Sir, f*ck you. F*ck you. Thank you very much. F*ck you. Go f*ck yourself, sir. Go on.”

While this may have been meant to praise Scott’s work on The Last Duel, as it pertains to the movie’s realism, the director doesn’t seem happy that it came at the expense of his prior work. Ridley Scott is clearly still proud of his work on movies like Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood and wasn’t standing for the insinuation that they’re unrealistic. The response isn’t all that surprising to hear either, as Scott is a pretty opinionated person. He recently blamed millennials and their cell phones for why The Last Duel didn’t do better at the box office.

“I think what it boils down to — what we’ve got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these f**king cell phones. The millennian do not ever want to be taught anything unless you are told it on the cell phone. This is a broad stroke, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook. There is a misdirection that has happened where it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think.”

Ridley Scott also reiterated how proud he is of The Last Duel, as he is with all of his work, regardless of any potential box office failures. He explained how he always makes sure he’s happy with the final product before moving on. That insight makes it a little more clear as to why he reacted as he did over what could be taken as subtle shots at Kingdom of Heaven and Robin Hood.

“We all thought it was a terrific script, and we made it. You can’t win all the time. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve never had one regret on any movie I’ve ever made. Nothing. I learned very early on to be your own critic. The only thing you should really have an opinion on is what you just did. Walk away. Make sure you’re happy. And don’t look back. That’s me.”

The Last Duel is now available on VOD while Scott’s newest movie, House of Gucci, is playing in theaters. Scott has teased that extended cuts of both movies will also “probably” be made.

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