In what is perhaps the most civil and polite feud in Hollywood history, the directors of two of this year’s most highly anticipated films have developed a positive discourse regarding some negative comments. “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow has finally responded to claims of sexism from “Avengers: Age of Ultron” director Joss Whedon.
The whole incident began several weeks ago when the first clip from Trevorrow’s upcoming blockbuster was released showing Chris Pratt’s character and Bryce Dallas Howard’s character talking about the future of the park. Unfortunately, as HitFix notes, the clip raised the ire of Whedon who took to his now defunct Twitter account to complain about the inherent sexism exhibited in the clip.
“And I’m too busy wishing this clip wasn’t '70s era sexist. She’s a stiff, he’s a life-force -- really? Still?” the tweet reportedly read. Whedon has since deleted his Twitter, but he eventually apologized for shooting his mouth off about other people’s work, Vulture reported.
“I shouldn’t have tweeted it,” he told Variety. “I don’t ever say things about other people’s work that are negative. That’s bad form. It’s not what a gentleman would do.”
While many thought the incident was over and done with, the “Jurassic World” director was asked about Whedon’s comments in a recent interview with Italian entertainment site Bad Taste at the Paris premiere of the film. Trevorrow was not only cool about Whedon’s comments, he even confessed that he actually agreed with them.
“I wasn’t bothered by what he said about the movie and, to be honest, I don’t totally disagree with him,” Trevorrow said. He later went on to question the wisdom of putting out that clip, with no context, to the public in the first place, Entertainment Weekly reported. “[Jurassic World] starts with characters that are almost archetypes, stereotypes that are deconstructed as the story progresses.”
It seems that movie archetypes will be dealt with extensively in the upcoming fourth installment in the iconic “Jurassic” franchise. The director previously revealed there is a sort of meta through-line in the movie that uses the newly created Indominus Rex as a metaphor for the increasing demand for spectacle in modern movies. With his dinosaurs representing what the movie-going public wants to see, it would stand to reason that the characters that deal with it are metaphors as well.
“Jurassic World” hits theaters June 12.