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Misunderstood Night Shyamalan

Believes history will judge Lady in the Water “beautiful.”


Just days after “winning” two Golden Raspberry (Razzie) Awards for his universally drubbed film Lady in the Water—Worst Director and Worst Supporting Actor (yes, he cast himself in a key role)—M. Night Shyamalan dropped in from Philadelphia to hear Bono speak at the Time Warner Center. He’d come to get ideas for his own work on an anti-poverty foundation in India, and it turned out he hadn’t heard about the Razzies yet. “Did I? I didn’t know,” he said. “Look, I loved that movie. It’s a beautiful, beautiful movie. So there’s some disconnect from the intention to the perception of it. I hope, just with time, that will ease. All of my movies have benefited from time.” Shyamalan—who is working on film adaptations of the cartoons Avatar: The Last Airbender and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe—admitted to reading his reviews but says they have no influence on him. “I’ve got shit to say! I need to say it,” he said. “I don’t want to think about ‘Will they like it or will they not like me?’” As for what shit he was saying in Lady, he didn’t say.

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