David Fincher sides with Scott Rudin on ‘Tattoo’ embargo; ‘It’s a hard thing for people outside our business to understand’


“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” helmer David Fincher gave a rather candid interview to The Miami Herald‘s Rene Rodriguez, calling film critic David Denby’s decision to breach the review embargo on his film “extremely frustrating.”

“I think Scott (Rudin)’s response was totally correct,” the director said. “It’s a hard thing for people outside our business to understand. It is a bit of a tempest in a teapot. But as silly as this may all look from the outside – privileged people bickering – I think it’s important. Film critics are part of the business of getting movies made. You swim in the same water we swim in. And there is a business to letting people know your movie is coming out. It is not a charity business. It is a business-business.”

Newyorker_newOn Sunday, Denby announced The New Yorker would run its review of “Dragon Tattoo” the following day, jumping the gun on the agreed upon embargo of Dec. 13. Denby was among a small pool of N.Y. critics who viewed the pic last Monday in Gotham in order for “Tattoo” to be eligible for the New York Film Critics Circle award (which ultimately went to “The Artist).

“Embargoes … look, if it were up to me, I wouldn’t show movies to anybody before they were released,” Fincher adds. “I wouldn’t give clips to talk shows. I would do one trailer and three television spots and let the chips fall where they may. That’s how far in the other direction I am. If I had my way, the New York Film Critics Circle would not have seen this movie and then we would not be in this situation. I would be opening this movie on Wednesday Dec. 21 and I would have three screenings on Tuesday Dec. 20 and that would be it.”