Terry Gilliam calls Black Panther “utter bullshit” and wrongly claims crew have “never been to Africa”
Monty Python writer Terry Gilliam has launched a scathing attack on Marvel superhero film Black Panther.
The Ryan Coogler directed film, which stars the likes of Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Martin Freeman and more, became a major critical and commercial success and smashed a number of box office records when it grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide.
With seven nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, including one in the coveted ‘Best Picture’ category, Black Panther became the most successful Marvel Cinematic Universe film of all time when it claimed three Oscars victories for ‘Best Costume Design’, ‘Best Original Score’, and ‘Best Production Design’.
Despite the plaudits, the five-star reviews, the awards and the heaps of cash it made, Gilliam has remained unimpressed by the picture and went as far to describe it as “utter bullshit” as part of a new interview with IndieWire.
“It makes my blood boil,” Gilliam said. “I hated Black Panther. It makes me crazy. It gives young black kids the idea that this is something to believe in. Bullshit. It’s utter bullshit.”
Gilliam, currently on a heavy promotional campaign for his new film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, then made the wildly incorrect claim that Black Panther’s crew had never visited Africa before working on the film. In fact, numerous different scenes were shot in South Africa, Zambia and Uganda. Furthermore, director Coogler visited Africa prior to filming to further understand some of its cast history.
Despite all of that, Gilliam said: “I think the people who made it have never been to Africa. They went and got some stylist for some African pattern fabrics and things,” he said.
“I just hated that movie, partly because the media were going on about the importance of bullshit.”