Robert McKee, Hollywood screenwriting guru, hates Slumdog Millionaire as a business model for movies. In an interview in Singapore, he says the flick
“like all popular culture, is based upon a lie that life is not what it seems to be, that it is full of hope and optimism….”
“Slumdog Millionaire is a hideous lie. When you get artists in countries such as Japan who are serious and sophisticated, they won’t lie. The (film) business model that you are proposing is based on the ability to lie. That is how you reach the mass audience.”
“Hollywood, as an industry and business, is based upon the myth that everything will turn out for the best, that good triumphs evil, that hard work and perseverance will pay off, and that everyone has a soul mate. Hollywood as an industry is based upon a lie. All popular culture is based upon a lie that life is not what it seems to be, that it is full of hope and optimism.”
“Do we seriously want to encourage film cultures around the world to continue telling that lie?” More here
I know, we all know movies are pretend. And only $10.
But – I bet he’d likely say the same about the self help and ‘opportunity’ industries. That they’re both “based on a lie and full of hope and optimism, which rarely happens in real life.”
But we all love the happy endings, even if they are not true for 99% of us. Maybe we’re just late bloomers. Maybe we just like to live vicariously through the magical characters in the movies, or in MLM or Internet Marketing, who sound “just like us.” (That’s a skill gurus learn to develop early – to give you the impression they’re ‘just like you.’ And in some ways they are.)
What to do?
Movie fantasies aside, whatever you devote yourself to – to find your financial success – choose something first that matters to you. As in, you’d do it anyway because you’re almost called to do it. Then, remind yourself each day: “I cannot control the actions of others. But I will keep on keeping on because this matters to me.” Maybe you will score big, maybe you won’t. It’s not all about you. It’s also about this:
“We vastly underestimate the extent to which success happens because of things the individual has nothing to do with.” See here.
There might be a way to reduce the pain if your results are not what you wished for. Next.