Ridley Scott Says 'The Last Duel' Flopped Because of Those Damn Millennials and Their Damn Cell Phones

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BY Alex HudsonPublished Nov 23, 2021

Superhero-hating director Ridley Scott wants the world to know that he isn't out of touch — it's the kids who are wrong. His historical drama The Last Duel tanked in cinemas earlier this fall, but rather than blame distributor 20th Century Studios or himself, he has found a more convenient target: those damn millennials and their damn cell phones.

Speaking with WTF with Marc Maron, the 83-year-old claimed, "I think what it boils down to — what we've got today [are] the audiences who were brought up on these fucking cell phones. The millennian [sic] do not ever want to be taught anything unless you're told it on a cell phone."

Scott continued, "This is a broad stroke, but I think we're dealing with it right now with Facebook. This is a misdirection that has happened, where it's given the wrong kind of confidence to this latest generation, I think."

He added that Disney did a good job promoting The Last Duel, which is set in 1386 and depicts France's last legally recognized duel. It stars Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer and Ben Affleck. It's quite good!

As of this week, The Last Duel has made $27.5 million USD at the box office [via Box Office Mojo] against a budget of $100 million. That makes it the 82nd highest-earning theatrical release of 2021 — a fairly weak showing even considering how tough of a year it's been for movies.

Scott's next film, House of Gucci, comes out tomorrow (November 24).

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