For the casual comic fan out there who only knows "Watchmen" as a super-hyped film based on something called a "graphic novel," the fact that one of the book's creators -- legendary writer Alan Moore -- wouldn't want his name attached to a film that's sure to bring in beaucoup box office receipts is probably quite confusing. However, Moore's unabashed hatred of all-things Hollywood when it comes to his work goes back well before "Watchmen," and in an interview with TotalFilm.com, he relates some of his thoughts on the subject, and as usual, doesn't hold back.
"The main reason why comics can’t work as films is largely because everybody who is ultimately in control of the film industry is an accountant," said Moore. "These people may be able to add up and balance the books, but in every other area they are stupid and incompetent and don’t have any talent."
"They’re going to show it to the backers," continued Moore, "and then they’re going to say, we want this in it, and this in it... and where’s the monster?"
And if Moore just sounds like a bitter old man, he gladly shares specifics of his less-than-inspiring dealings with the Hollywood. "We had one particularly dense Hollywood producer say, ‘You don’t even have to do the book, just stick your name on this idea and I’ll make the film and you’ll get a lot of money – it’s…The League Of Extraordinary Animals! It’ll be like Puss In Boots!' And I just said, 'No, no, no. Never mention this to me again.'
“100 million dollars [...] that’s what they spent on 'The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen' which shouldn’t have come out but did anyway. Do we need any more s---ty films in this world? We have quite enough already. Whereas the 100 million dollars could sort out the civil unrest in Haiti. And the books are always superior, anyway.”
Yet Moore -- who has crafted some of the comic industry's most groundbreaking works -- isn't letting the medium where he made his name off the hook either.
"I’ve recently come to the point where I think that basically most American superhero comics, and this is probably a sweeping generalization, they’re a lot like America’s foreign policy," added Moore. "America has an inordinate fondness for the unfair fight. That’s why I believe guns are so popular in America – because you can ambush people, you can shoot them in the back, you can behave in a very cowardly fashion. Friendly fire, or as we call it everywhere else in the world, American fire."
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