Earlier this week, we told you that Paramount was defending their decision to release Darren Aronofsky’s film ‘mother!‘ in over 2,000 theaters across the country. The film made just $7.5 million in its opening weekend, which is obviously a little disappointing.
But the studio has no regrets, and neither does Aronofsky. Speaking with radio host John Horn in a Q&A following a screening of the film, Aronofsky called it a “punk movie.”
“We always knew it was a strong cocktail. We wanted to make a punk movie and come at you. And the reason I wanted to come is because I was very sad and I had a lot of anguish and I wanted to express it. Filmmaking is such a hard journey. People are constantly saying ‘No’ to you. And to wake up every morning and get out of bed and to face all those ‘No’s,’ you have to be willing to really believe in something. And that’s what I look for in my collaborators and what I pitched the actors. So I wanted to howl. And this was my howl. And some people are not going to want to listen to it. That’s cool.”
You have to respect that. It’s a strange time in Hollywood. Obviously, the goal is to make films that are entertaining and make money, but you also have to remember that filmmaking, screenwriting, acting…they’re all genres of art. And you don’t start an art project in hopes of making money.
You start it because you have to start it. If you don’t start it, you feel little pieces of you slowly die inside. And typically, when you have that feeling, that’s when the best art is created. When a story NEEDS to be told. Not when a studio wants it to be told because Dwayne Johnson really wants to do it.