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Director Matthew Vaughn has come right out and said exactly what I was thinking when I walked out of his latest movie, Stardust. That X-Men 3 would have been better off he’d actually ended up making it. He tells the Daily Telegraph newspaper, “As it happens, I could have made something a hundred times better than the film that was eventually made. It sounds arrogant, but I could have done something with far more emotion and heart.”
When X3 first went into production, Vaughn was set to helm the third X-Men film. For whatever reason, things eventually fell apart and Brett Ratner was brought into replace him, and subsequently ruin X-Men with his horrible movie. Vaughn says he left because he was being rushed. “What happened with X-Men 3 was I didn't have the time to make the movie that I wanted to make. I had a vision of how it should be, and I wanted to make sure I was making a film as good as X-Men 2, and I knew there was no way it could be. I just suddenly knew it wasn't the right thing for me to do.” If only I had a time machine and the will to use it to erase Ratner from history. Maybe I’ll have his father get beat up by Biff Tannen or something.
Because Fox refused to exercise the patience necessary to put out a good movie, we got stuck with X3, Ratner thinks he’s the shit, and we’ll probably never see another X-Men movie of any kind. Meanwhile, the movie Vaughn did end up doing, Stardust was absolutely fantastic… and no one showed up to see it. Sometimes you’ve really just got to stand up and give the middle finger to the universe. If only the world didn’t suck so much.
At least Vaughn had the courage to say what we’re all thinking. Bashing Ratner probably isn’t the best career move, but come on, even Fox has to know it’s true.