L.A., Oct. 8: The ‘Shape of Water’ director Guillermo del Toro does not take kindly to any criticism of fellow Hollywood great Martin Scorsese.
The Oscar-winning director took to Twitter to defend Martin Scorsese after The Critic published an essay calling him an “Uneven talent” whose “Self-indulgence has debased his talent,” as reported by Variety.
I almost never disagree with anything posted here, del Toro wrote, “but the amount of misconceptions, sloppy inaccuracies, and hostile adjectives not backed by an actual rationale is offensive, cruel, and ill-intentioned. The question is, “At what cost did this article lure them in?”
“To be clear: if God offered to shorten my life to lengthen Scorsese’s, I’d take the deal,” he wrote. This is a man who gets the art of cinema. Defends the Movies. Typical of a motion picture. He has always defended the practice as an art form while opposing commercialization. He is unconquerable and will always be remembered.
The article in question made several claims that del Toro flatly refuted, including that “The Wolf of Wall Street” was “Achingly slow” and that “Raging Bull” was “across-the-board bad filmmaking.” In response to such ideas, the director suggested that “discussions about film language, history lessons, and research may be needed.”
Whenever I come across articles like this. “I feel the tremors of an impending culture collapse aimed at one of the most benign forces and one of the wisest, and I do wonder: ‘To what end?’ and find myself at a loss,” del Toro said.
For quite some time now, Del Toro has been a vocal supporter of Scorsese. In 2019, when “The Irishman” premiered at film festivals, del Toro tweeted at length about how great it was because it “Transmogrified all the gangster myths into regret.”