The Green Hornet Director Michel Gondry Lashes Out at "Fascist" Comic Book "Nerds"
12.16.10 by BJSprecher
Comic book movie fans have been critical of Sony's The Green Hornet adaptation since before the movie even went into production because of the casting of (formerly portly) comedic actor Seth Rogen as the title character. Just check the comments section of any Green Hornet article on any of the fan-centric entertainment sites and you will find more than a few that malign Rogen in ways that are unfit for us to print. The Green Hornet panel even got an icy reception at the normally comic book movie–friendly San Diego Comic-Con. Apparently, director Michel Gondry has had all he can take of genre fans bashing his movie, because he lashed out at the "fascist" sub-culture of comic book "nerds" in a recent interview.
I usually identify with the nerds but these ones just reinforce the social rules. Their values are fascistic. All those people marching around in capes and masks and boots. The superhero imagery is totally fascist.... When you step into this genre, they feel it belongs to them. They want you to conform, or they won't like you. They want the conventional. But it's fine. The movies has been doing very well, I think, whenever we've screened it to normal people.
Gondry also stood by the casting of Rogen as Britt Reid, aka The Green Horent," a character he described as a "super-antihero."
I'm attracted to working with comedians because they don't have that stars' idea of what a hero should be.
The Green Hornet was written by Rogen and his friend and frequent collaborator, Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express). Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou, Edward Furlong, Edward James Olmos, Tom Wilkinson, and Academy Award-winner Christoph Waltz also star.