Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan has revealed that negative reviews of his most recent feature film, Glass, reduced him to tears.
The film, a crossover and sequel to Shyamalan’s previous films Unbreakabl and Split, serves as the final instalment of what is called the Unbreakable trilogy and stars the likes of James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy and Samuel L. Jackson.
Given the hype around the film, Glass received unfavourable reviews despite proving to be commercial successful at the international box office. Reflecting on its release, Shymalan was speaking at the NYU’s Stern School of Business when he said: “I was in London when I heard the U.S. reviews for ‘Glass’ were poor,” as part of the 2019 Ashok C. Sani Scholar-in-Residence lecture. “I was in a makeup chair for a TV show, and I cried,” he added.
He continued: “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.”
The film still became one of the most successful films of the year to date, grossing $246 million worldwide having been made with a $20 million production budget.
“Honestly, I was feeling like, ‘Will they never let me be different without throwing me on the garbage pile?’” Shyamalan said. “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.”