|McG on the set of Terminator Salvation|
Who or what is a McG you ask? McG is a former music video director who frankly should have never jumped the shark to direct feature films. McG is responsible for the atrocity that was Terminator Salvation and for the obnoxious and painfully loud Charlies Angels films of the early 2000s.
McG is perhaps best known for his lack of control of roid-raging-rampager Christian Bale, whilst on the set of Terminator Salvantion. Do you think that Christian Bale would have behaved like that on Christopher Nolan's set? Me thinks not.
Most recently, McG, directs Reese Witherspoon's latest box office bomb, This Means War. This Means War is a wannabe spy romance/comedy, starring Reese, Chris Pine (Star Trek), and Tom Hardy (Inception). Unfortunately for McG, This Means War has been an abominable financial and critical failure.
So that settles it. Four bad films is not a fluke; it's a pattern. I can't speak to We Are Marshall. I didn't see it and it earned a respectable 49% on rottentomatoes. However, considering the Charlie's Angels films, Terminator Salvation, and now This Means War, McG should not be allowed to make additional films until he goes back to film school. He should also be required to take M. Night Shyamalan and Tyler Perry with him.
So no more movies directed by McG and especially, no more SCIFI movies directed by McG. Please. Please. Please.
Note: I will say that I'm a fan of several of the shows that McG produces, i.e. Supernatural and Nikita (both of which are a MUST SEE). But I can't give McG too much credit, as he's the go-to producer for the CW. And producing and directing are not the same. Lest we forget, McG also produced the CW's The Mountain and the The Search for the Next Pussycat Doll for goodness sake. So no kudoos for him. Ok maybe a crumb, but that's it.
And despite the douche-ness of his name, the utter destruction of the Terminator franchise, and his overall lack of talent, "McG" may actually be a decent fellow. There's an underwhelming lack of gossip about him and he seems to be a nice guy. Additionally, McG's comment on his name gave me an inkling of compassion for him.
"It's fun to hate a guy called McG. In my humble opinion it's sheer f****** lunacy because it's just short for McGinty - f****** get past it. My name is Joseph McGinty Nichol. My mother's maiden name is McGinty. My uncle was Joe, my grandfather was Joe. I was called McG since the day I was born because we were broke and there were three Joes in the house. There's no Hollywood, 'I think I'll give myself a nickname' b*******. It just is. And at some point I would be a sell-out punk if I rolled over and said, 'Well, call me Joe.' And I've had to suffer through teachers in the third grade saying, 'Look, no vowels!' And I suffer a bit for it now. I can only sigh and move forward."