"Looks like garbage to me": Ex-Marvel star blasts Scarlett Johansson and Black Widow

Los Angeles, California – Scarlett Johansson has surprisingly become the target of harsh criticism from a fellow Marvel actor. Stephen Dorff publicly lashed out at the Hollywood star and slammed her upcoming film Black Widow ahead of its release.

Stephen Dorff doesn't think much of the current hype surrounding comic book adaptations.
Stephen Dorff doesn't think much of the current hype surrounding comic book adaptations.  © Imago images

Speaking to The Independent in an interview released on Monday, the True Detective actor certainly had some choice words for the soon-to-be-released Marvel spin-off.

When asked what he chooses his roles based on, the 47-year-old explained, "I still hunt out the good s**t because I don’t want to be in Black Widow."

He continued his brash commentary: "[Black Widow] looks like garbage to me. It looks like a bad video game. I’m embarrassed for those people. I’m embarrassed for Scarlett! I’m sure she got paid five, seven million bucks, but I’m embarrassed for her."

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The fact that he may be ruining his future chances of being in Marvel blockbusters doesn't seem bother him at all – in fact, quite the opposite: "I don't want to be in those movies. I really don't," he said.

He also slammed the industry as a whole, saying, "TV, film – it’s all one big clusterf**k of content now."

His aspiration, he said, is different: "I’ll find that kid director that’s gonna be the next [Stanley] Kubrick and I’ll act for him instead.”

Twitter users were quick to clap back at Dorff

Stephen Dorff calls Black Widow "a bad video game"

Scarlett Johansson (l.) and Florence Pugh in the Marvel blockbuster Black Widow, which opens in theaters on Thursday.
Scarlett Johansson (l.) and Florence Pugh in the Marvel blockbuster Black Widow, which opens in theaters on Thursday.  © Marvel Studios 2020

Dorff is no stranger to Marvel films.

In 1998, the then 24-year-old starred in the vampire flick Blade, which was based on the comic of the same name.

Dorff did not say whether he regrets his appearance as a bloodsucker, but he does feel that Hollywood is "always too safe" and confirms he has done film projects purely for the money.

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On the internet, the backlash over his new interview was swift.

One Twitter user wrote, "Stephen Dorff hasn't been in a good movie since Blade, so he can keep that opinion to himself."

Another user commented, "Not to be presumptuous, but I don't think the next Kubrick will cast Stephen Dorff."

The actor will most likely let the criticism roll off his back.

"I’ve always felt like I’m pretty genuine. I’m not a bulls***ter," he said.

Black Widow opens in theaters worldwide this week, and is the first Marvel movie to focus entirely on Johansson's titular character.

Cover photo: Collage: IMAGO Images & Marvel Studios 2020

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