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M Night Shyamalan says he cried after learning Glass was getting poor reviews

Filmmaker M Night Shyamalan has said that he cried when he learned that Glass, his latest film, was getting poor reviews.

hollywood Updated: Apr 18, 2019 15:10 IST
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Actors Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, James McAvoy and director M. Night Shyamalan attend the European premiere of Glass in London.(REUTERS)

Director M Night Shyamalan has admitted that he cried hard after critics panned his latest film, Glass. The film, featuring Bruce Willis, James McAvoy and Samuel L Jackson, was a sequel to Shyamalan's Unbreakable and Split.

The received mixed reviews by critics upon its debut in theatres in January, but that did not dent its box office performance as it raked in more than $240 million worldwide.

Speaking at NYU's Stern School of Business, the 48-year-old director said he was getting ready for a TV interview in London when the reviews dropped in and that made him "distraught", reported IndieWire.

This image released by Universal Pictures shows Sarah Paulson in a scene from M Night Shyamalan's Glass. (Jessica Kourkounis/Universal Pictures via AP) ( AP )

"I was in London when I heard the US reviews for Glass were poor. I was in a makeup chair for a TV show, and I cried," Shyamalan said.

"... We'd just come back from the London screenings, which were through the roof. We had only great screenings of the movie around the world. So essentially I wasn't prepared. I had this false sense of being a part of the group in a safe way. But boy, did I feel distraught that day," he added.

Shyamalan, who made a name for himself by directing supernatural films such as The Sixth Sense, Signs and The Village, said despite the negative critics reactions, he was satisfied that the audiences liked the movie.

"Honestly, I was feeling like, 'Will they never let me be different without throwing me on the garbage pile?' The feeling of worthlessness rushed me, and to be honest, it doesn't ever really leave. But anyway, the film went on, right? It became number one in every country in the world, and it represents my beliefs," the director said.

He said in the hindsight, he believes he received far more success than his contemporaries and therefore, he should have a thicker skin.

"I've had more success than anybody should be allowed to have. I mean, everything I've ever written has been offered to be made into a movie, and my nine films that are original ideas have averaged $270 million each. I just think I can't complain about anything. But I get tired," Shyamalan said.

The director is currently working on Apple series Servant. He is also developing a feature film, titled Labour of Love.

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First Published: Apr 18, 2019 15:10 IST