VIDEO: Ricky Gervais Pokes Fun at Martin Scorsese's Marvel Comments in Golden Globes Opening Monologue
Ricky Gervais took the opportunity to poke some fun at Martin Scorsese’s comments about Marvel movies last night while hosting the 77th Golden Globe Awards. The comedian did not hold back in his opening monologue, ripping apart every scandal and major cinematic event he could get his hands on, including when The Irishman director said that superhero movies are “not cinema.” Scorsese explained at the time:
“I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema. Honestly, the closest I can think of them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema of human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”
Gervais made light of the comments in video above, stating:
“Martin Scorsese, the greatest living director, made the news for his controversial comments about the Marvel franchise. He said they’re not real cinema, and they remind him of theme parks. I agree. Although I don’t know what he’s doing hanging around at theme parks — he’s not big enough to go on the rides. He’s tiny.”
The joke was met with laughter from the iconic director and his table, which included The Irishman actors Al Pacino and Robert De Niro. Gervais also went on to criticize the quality of films made these days, saying “all of the best actors have jumped to Netflix and HBO,” and that all movies are just comic book realizations.
Gervais joked of these projects, “The actors who just do Hollywood movies now do fantasy adventure nonsense. They wear masks and capes and really tight costumes. Their job isn’t acting anymore. It’s going to a gym twice a day and taking steroids.”
Though there were many superhero stars in the audience, the joke seemed to be taken in stride.