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Gremlins 2 is broadcast on TF1 Séries Film, the opportunity to zoom in on the character of Daniel Clamp, inspired by Donald Trump.
After the immense success ofin 1984, Warner Bros. seeks at all costs to start a sequel. According to , the studio didn't know how to do it, as they didn't really understand the first film. "So they came back and got us with producer Mike Finnell, to basically tell us, 'Obviously you have something to do with the success of the first movie. If you give us a sequel, you have carte blanche." ", confides the filmmaker to .
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Six years after the release of the first film,is finally born. However, despite calls from Warner's foot, director Joe Dante was reluctant to come back. But as technology evolved in the meantime, the filmmaker and his team "were now able to do things that were not possible before."
For this second part, the director goes headlong by pushing even harder the anti-capitalist and anti-consumerist message of the first opus. On top of that, he adds a sharp criticism of the media and of American society, all concentrated in the heart of a huge skyscraper. To reinforce his point, Joe Dante invents Daniel Clamp, a billionaire businessman whose cynicism is matched only by his excessive verve.
In order to build a credible character, the filmmaker is inspired by Ted Turner, big man of American television, founder of the CNN and TBS channels, and, at the time real estate mogul. The Clamp Tower in the feature film is an obvious nod to New York's Trump Tower, erected in 1983.
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"We wanted a real estate mogul, who was popular, iconic, and had a lot of stuff. . Trump fulfilled all his conditions. But Clamp is also the boss of a TV channel and we were also inspired by Ted Turner. Basically, Clamp was to be the big bad of the film, but, who l 'performer, has made him a kind of eternal child excited by his fortune and all that it allows him to achieve. He became rather endearing in the end. So he has little to do with the star of reality TV who serves as president. That's how he got elected, he's a star president and we are part of his show ", tackled Joe Dante at in 2017.
Like many stars of show business, the director does not carry the current President of the USA in his heart. t candidate for succession. Joe Dante has admitted that in retrospect, Gremlins 2 is the first anti-Trump film in the history of American cinema. Unfortunately for the filmmaker, the second opus will be a fiasco.
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"The movie came out six years after Gremlins, and it cost three times as much. You can't miss that much time.had the same problem the year before, it didn't It didn't go very well either. As for Gremlins 2, I think the whole idea of Gremlins had become somewhat outdated. There's also the fact that the release date was changed. The movie was due out. for the end of May, during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The TV spots had been broadcast and announced this date, but the studio changed their mind and decided to postpone the film from three weeks. When the TV commercials started playing again, people must have said to themselves that it was already a movie that was no longer showing, since they had already seen these commercials on television there. three months ago. So yes, the film did not perform as well at the box office. But it was an expensive film, you know ", analyzes the director on stage at Rockyrama.
All of Joe Dante's subsequent films will be box office failures, fromto to . He will never find the success he met with Gremlins.
It is, moreover, quite funny to note that Joe Dante, after having suffered several setbacks in the cinema, turned to the small screen. Despite the scathing media and television reviews in his films, the director eventually worked for the Little Skylight, starring episodes of series like, or the . . Has billionaire Daniel Clamp finally got the better of his creator?
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