M. Night Shyamalan has directed some critical duds in his day, and on one occasion even his star wasn’t a fan.
At a press conference back in 2010, Wahlberg referred to a “bad movie” he had made: “I don’t want to tell you what movie. All right. ‘The Happening’. F**k it. It is what it is. F**king trees, man. The plants. F**k it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.”
Asked whether it bothers him to have his stars throw the movies he’s made with them under the bus, Shyamalan said, “Since that would be the only case of that happening — no. But really, no. It’s totally his call however he wants to interpret it.”
The director also talked about how he moves on to the next film after directing a flop.
“You need to be in a good place,” he said. “‘Unbreakable’ didn’t necessarily work out exactly the way I wanted it to. But now I would go back and tell my younger self, ‘That column is not your concern. Keep going.’ Failure is very cleansing, and success is very confusing.”