Ridley Scott denounces a journalist during the last press tour of Duel

The 84-year-old didn’t mince words when a reporter compared his latest period piece to movies like ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ and ‘Robin Hood’.

Ridley Scott doesn’t mince words during his no-apology press tour for his latest period piece, “The Last Duel.” The 84-year-old director took a journalist to task in a junket video that went viral on Twitter when the interviewer remarked that his new film is “more realistic” than Scott’s past period efforts as “Robin Hood” (2010) and “Kingdom of Heaven” (2005). The Oscar nominee’s response? “Fuck you.” Check out the clip, which is from a larger Russian video, below.

“It’s a very realistic film. It sounds more realistic than ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ or ‘Robin Hood’ if you’re talking about –,” the interviewer said, before Scott cut him off, saying, “Sir, fuck off. Kiss my ass. Thank you very much. Kiss my ass. Fuck you, sir. Keep on going.”

Scott has released two movies this year, with the “Rashomon”-style rape revenge odyssey “The Last Duel” and his soapy fashion murder drama “House of Gucci.” In a similar interview, Scott recently blamed millennials for the box office failure of “The Last Duel,” which barely broke $10 million off a $100 million budget.

Why was the film such a bomb? Scott shared his views during a recent interview on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast.

“I think it comes down to – what we have today [are] the public that was brought up on those fucking cell phones,” Scott said. “The millennium [who] I never want anyone to teach me anything unless you said it on your cell phone… That’s a broad line, but I think we’re dealing with it right now with Facebook. It’s a misdirection that’s happened where it’s given the wrong kind of confidence to this last generation, I think.

Still, Scott supports the film. “That’s the call you make,” he said. “That’s the call Fox made. We all thought that was a great scenario. And we did. You can’t win all the time. I’ve never had a single regret on any movie I’ve ever done. Nothing. I learned early on to be your own critic. The only thing you really should have an opinion on is what you just did. Go away. Make sure you are happy. And don’t look back. It’s me.”

Scott also recently criticized the Gucci family’s derisive response to the casting of ‘House of Gucci’, saying, “People who wrote to us from the family at the beginning were alarming, saying that Al Pacino did not physically portray Aldo Gucci in any shape or form. And yet, frankly, how could they be better represented than by Al Pacino? Excuse me! You probably have the best actors in the world, you should be so lucky.

“The Last Duel” is now available on VOD, while “House of Gucci” is currently in theaters.

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