Saturday, October 1, 2022

Director Terry Gilliam Slams ‘Black Panther’ for Giving Black Kids False Hope

Terry Gilliam is seen at Campari lounge during 76 Venice Film Festival at on September 03, 2019 in Venice, Italy.
(Sept. 2, 2019 – Source: Elisabetta Villa/Getty Images Europe)

*Acclaimed director Terry Gillium has slammed the filmmakers behind the 2018 blockbuster “Black Panther,” saying the film made him “crazy.”

“I hated Black Panther. It makes me crazy. It gives young black kids the idea that this is something to believe in. Bullshit. It’s utter bullshit,” Gillium said in an interview with IndieWire. “I think the people who made it have never been to Africa. They went and got some stylist for some African pattern fabrics and things. But I just I hated that movie, partly because the media were going on about the importance of bullshit.”

A word to Gilliam…. director Ryan Coogler and his Black Panther team actually took a trip to Africa to find inspiration. As noted by Complex, the majority of the film was shot in Atlanta, but some aerial shots were filmed in Argentina, South Africa, Zambia, and Uganda.

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Director Ryan Coogler

“Black Panther” was both commercially and critically successful, earning over $1 billion worldwide. When asked if he believes the hype around the movie was simply “identity politics,” Gilliam replied “it makes my blood boil.” But his hate extends to superhero movies overall.

“There isn’t room or money for a greater range of films. You make a film for over $150 million or less than $10 [million]. Where’s all this other stuff? It doesn’t exist anymore,” the director said, referencing the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I make films where I’m trying to make people think. I mean, I try to entertain them enough that they don’t fall asleep on me, and they’re there to make you think and look at the world in a different way, hopefully, and consider possibilities. Those films don’t do that.”

Back in 2010, the “12 Monkeys” director also voiced his hatred for James Cameron’s “Avatar.”

“There are so many small, beautiful film-makers and actors and directors with so much potential that just can’t get a look in because the studios are pumping all their money into these huge projects,” he said. “There are such incredible lower-budget films that are magical, but we’ve got our work cut out with things like Avatar coming out. How are these young talents supposed to get a look in without the budget? That’s the sad thing, because they are just as good.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.



  1. Terry Gillian’s curse-filled rant about Black Panther reveals so much about him and not the film. When he writes a review he needs to stay off the alcohol and drugs and write something that reveals his compassion,` talent, intellect and experience. He is obviously so angry and dissatisfied with his own work and opportunities as a director. To fill that void, he lashes out at successful productions that he had no part in. he needs to see a therapist to find out why he is so angry and nasty.

  2. your talkin abt somethin you weren’t involved in ,,you are not a Blk Amer so what makes you think any OTHER super hero movie is going to speak to blk kids any better ?And its such Bullshit…. but its black HERO is a Marvel character like so many others,… so WHY Bash Blk Panther specifically ? you need to get yourself something ELSE to do,,,Dont worry abt Blk Panther,Your not their Target Audience……Go try to bash superman or batman since you hav e nothing else to do.

  3. I guess Terry Gilliam never saw Tarzan or Jungle Jim that gave false Ideas to kids about white man’s superiority. What a dumb*ss take on the movie.

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