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John Hurt Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award: Speaks Out Against Hollywood Blockbuster Mentality: “It’s Been My Constant Fight”

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With the enormous success of $200 million plus, Imax 3D movies like  Avatar and Alice In Wonderland, Hollywood’s blockbuster mentality is as strong as ever, which is why English actor John Hurt (pictured above in his role in V for Vendetta) took a moment during his speech to accept a lifetime achievement at the Bradford International Film Festival in England last Friday, to address the issue.

Hurt has had a long and distinguished career encompassing over 150 films as disparate as Alien, The Elepant Man and 1984. Throughout his career, he has switched back and forth from big budget studio movies to independents, most notably portraying  Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter series. The actor said that he’s not against big budget films, but they have always been a source of conflict for him:

It’s been my constant fight all my life. All you can do is prepare the ground. You can’t just say this is how it ought to be because you’ve got to create a public that actually enjoys it – and therein lies the difficulties. Of course it hasn’t worked out that way because of avarice and greed and (it’s) too fierce.

Hurt’s upcoming films embody the struggle he’s talking. In addition to appear in special effects driven, large films like Tron: Legacy and final installment of the Harry Potter series, he stars in two smaller English films; Brighton Rock with Hellen Mirren and Lou.

[BBC News]

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