Christoph Waltz has teamed up with the visionary Brazil, Twelve Monkeys, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas director, Terry Gilliam and searches for the meaning of life in the new film, Zero Theorem. Matt Damon also stars in the film, making this his second feature with Gilliam, the first being The Brothers Grimm.
Gilliam is a creative force to be reckoned with, getting attention not only for his stylized cinema but also for his passionate ideas that at times clash with Hollywood. Gilliam aims to deliver original films and engage audiences and recently talked about his take on the industry during a Romanian TV show interview on Garantat 100%.
Film and media is such a powerful tool. If we’re not educating people, making them think, making them look at the world with fresh eyes, what are we doing?
I think [Hollywood] has achieved everything they’ve always dreamed of. The audience now seems to be very dumb, I mean they’re watching the same film again and again. They pay money to watch the same film. Now, you could argue, that’s because it makes them feel comfortable. When they go to a movie now, it’s almost like hearing a pop song. You know the rhythms, you know when the downbeat is going to come, you know when the explosion is going to come… And so as life becomes more complex, as the economy is in trouble, people cling to what makes them comfortable, so they go again and again to see the same movie.
So what does Gilliam expect from you?
I’m glad people talk about films, but how many people talk about the ideas in the films? Or what did the film mean as opposed to, ‘Oh the lighting was brilliant’ or ‘Did you see that camera move in that one shot.’ That shouldn’t be what the audience is talking about, you should be arguing about, ‘What does it mean?’
Are you ready to talk about his trailer for Zero Theorem? Here it is and watch Damon in clips from Gilliam’s The Brother’s Grimm while you’re at it.
- Wilhelm and Jacob recruit Angelika to help hunt the demon terrorizing the town. In this scene: Wilhelm Grimm (Matt Damon), Jacob Grimm (Heath Ledger), Angelika (Lena Headey), Cavaldi (Peter Stormare)
- The general ambushes the brothers, forcing them into a fight to the death. In this scene: Wilhelm Grimm (Matt Damon), Jacob Grimm (Heath Ledger), Angelika (Lena Headey), Cavaldi (Peter Tormare), Delatombe (Jonathan Pryce)
- Wilhelm and Jacob investigate a nearby site in the woods for "clues," but this place may have real supernatural energy after all. In this scene: Angelika (Lena Headey), Jacob Grimm (Heath Ledger), Wilhelm Grimm (Matt Damon), Cavaldi (Peter Stormare)
- Team Grimm takes its scam at a podunk town whose children have gone missing, but no one in the town has heard of the "famous" brothers. In this scene: Wilhelm Grimm (Matt Damon), Cavaldi (Peter Stormare), Jacob Grimm (Heath Ledger)
Featured image via Zero Theorem