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Quotes: Creator Backlash

Fiction

"If you could ever find it in your hearts,
if you could ever think to find some sympathy,
never ask us to play this song,
or that song about our pants, or our kitty doggy.
Never ask us to play 'Godzilla' or 'Shut Up'
or that song we haven't written yet about that time we did some stuff."
Five Iron Frenzy, "Never Ask Us to Play This"

"You know, it's funny how wrong an artist can be about his own work. The one composition of Tchaikovsky's that he really detested was his 'Nutcracker Suite', which is probably the most popular thing he ever wrote."

"I used to produce movies. In the 80s. Kind of like action films, sexy stuff. One critic called them 'European.' I thought they were shit."
Bernie Rose, Drive

Real Life

"I shrivel up every time someone mentions Star Wars to me."
Alec Guinness

"There were a lot of 'voilas' and 'Gallic shrugs' with strains of the Marseillaise on the soundtrack... mostly great stunning cliches to demonstrate their overwhelming love of La France and la gloire. The result was purest chloroform. The picture ran for nearly three hours and at the gala American premiere the principal star in the audience was former vice president Richard Nixon, the only time I ever felt compassion for him."
Gore Vidal (on the making of Is Paris Burning?), Point to Point Navigation

"I didn't want anything to do with a group of obsessives who paid to get together to talk incessantly about a TV show that had been cancelled. It wasn't logical ... "
William Shatner, on his reluctance to attend Star Trek conventions

"The first Star Trek movie that I saw was "Generations"...And since then I've seen a few "Next Generation" episodes that I liked, and a couple of "Deep Space Nine". I'm waiting for good Voyager episode. I hope one comes up soon."
Robert Beltran on his Star Trek: Voyager experience

"If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that special and smash it."

"In my opinion the worst Doctor Who story ever written. (As an author I am entitled to say that!)"

"Once I looked the whole thing through, I just thought 'Oh, man. It's exactly what I thought it was gonna be, but I'm glad no one's ever gonna see it!' Because I thought he was never gonna be able to sell this to anybody....'I'm paroled now. That's in the past, and I'm moving on.'"
Mark Hannon on Samurai Cop

"[I]n terms of that film I was embarrassed. I was ashamed of the work, and I was grateful that I had the power to contain it all, and never let anyone see it. It was bad, bad, bad. It could have been wonderful, but I slipped up. I didn't quite get it and I didn't quite have enough sense to find out why I'm doing it and maybe there would be an answer."
Jerry Lewis, when asked if he'd ever release The Day the Clown Cried

"The less said about Superman IV, the better."

"I'll tell you the last time I really cried was at the premiere of 'Batman & Robin.' They were real tears because I realized that that might be the end of my career and I might have brought down the franchise along with it."

"A lot of people hated Alien≥, but no one hated it more than I did."

"...maybe one of the worst films in the entire solar system, including alien productions we've never seen."

"Congratulations, you've just bought our worst album!"
Elvis Costello, in the liner notes to a reissue of Goodbye, Cruel World.

"If you thought you were sick of the memes, I was sick of it way ahead of you. For instance, cake. I've had enough cake jokes."
Erik Wolpaw, writer for Portal

"There's not enough money in the world to get me singing 'Because We Want To' again."

"I don't understand why [my M.U.G.E.N website] still hasn't died even now. They mock me by denying me access to it (I never figured out why, and I don't really care anymore), and then not getting rid of it even after all these years. Ugh, I wish this relic of my past would fucking die in a fire already..."
BB Hood (not that one), a MUGEN creator.

"This cartoon is pretty old. It was the first cartoon we ever made. Homestar is not very funny and neither is Strong Bad. They are mere shadows of the men they have become. This cartoon has not been on the site for many months, but we have had several requests (from our Dad) to put it back. So here it is. Consider yourselves warned."
Marshmallow's Last Stand's "FBI Warning".

There's a line even [Joel] Schumacher won't cross, and that line is defending the existence of Batman & Robin. Schumacher spends the entire commentary track by himself repeatedly and earnestly apologizing for what he did. No stars to get in the way. No producers. Just an hour and a half of Schumacher pretty much going "God, I am so sorry — I just ... nipples? What the fuck was I thinking? Send me your address. I will pay you your money back." There are very few clever anecdotes, precisely zero joyful reminisces — just a few feeble defenses that quickly give way to shameful apologizing... Take note: Moments of self-awareness like this are rare in Hollywood, and they exist only briefly, like mayflies, before being utterly obliterated by a mountain of cocaine.

"Striking Distance is a by the numbers cop thriller done so many times by (Bruce) Willis it is almost a genre in itself. Willis actually went on record apologizing for this movie sucking but really its not that bad. It is more a generic thriller you stumble on one boring night and you watch instead of the paid programming for that giggling dumbbell that looks like you are jerking off. If anything, Bruce should apologize for North."
Miles Antwiler on Striking Distance (1993)

"If you need proof that we seldom get to define our own legacies, just look at the Google rankings... The Bob Hoskins movie we all probably rate the highest takes third place to a video game adaptation he hated, and a Peter Pan sequel most audiences did. Also his turn as Odin in Son of the Mask. Really?"
Topless Robot eulogizes Bob Hoskins

"Calm the fuck down, RPattz; it was Twilight. All that was required of him, acting-wise, was to stand there and stare vacantly into the vacant eyes of Kristen Stewart, the vacant confused face of Taylor Lautner, and the confusing wiglet attached to Peter Facinelliís head. Although I do partially agree with him that Twilight was probably his most difficult acting role; Iím sure even the finest of Juilliard-trained actors would have had great difficulty acting like they werenít totally embarrassed to say shit like: 'No measure of time with you will be enough, but letís start with forever.'"
DListed on Twilight

"Look at how bored [Robert] Beltran sounds in the first scene spinning out the same sort of nonsense as usual. This is a man who has just come back from a Trek convention and has slagged off the show for not giving him anything to do in an age. And who can blame him? He might not be the world's greatest actor but this is exactly the kind of repetitive monotony that can drive the weakest of performers to speak out."
Doc Oho on Star Trek: Voyager, "Good Sheppard"

"It's hardly a 'hidden' reason considering how vocal Kojima was about it, but Old Snake is a reflection of Hideo Kojima himself. He's apathetic because Kojima is apathetic; he's tired because Kojima is tired; he gave up on his philosophical idealism because Kojima gave up on his philosophical idealism (in regards to the Metal Gear series at least). Every major characteristic of Old Snake can be traced back to Kojima's own feelings about the series and his fans. The fact that Snake wants to get it all over with so he can die in peace is exactly parallel to Kojima's desire to end the series so he can move on without restrictions...I can't help thinking this is why he allowed a total Westernization of the controls as well; just blend in and hope for the best."

Gabriel: Peter Molyneux has become self-aware.
Yahtzee: Ah yes, a recent quote from Peter Molyneux in which he described Fable III — exact word — a "trainwreck."
Gabriel: Alright, so here's the problem: He's become self-aware, but he's just going hyperbolically in the other direction.
Let's Drown Out Ghostbusters (Megadrive)


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