U.S. actor Steve Martin dismissed negative reviews of the latest installment of the Pink Panther movie franchise, saying comedies always had to overcome critical snobbery and that the genre was "not a critics' medium" "nor a medium's critic!"
"They forget how silly the American people are. If I can win an award of five million bucks, that's the kind of an award I was seeking. Got a lot of loot from PP#1, didn't I?" After you people shit on it!"
"I have received bad reviews my whole life," Martin said as he presented "Pink Panther 2" at the Berlin film festival, his second turn as bungling French detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau, a role made famous by Peter Sellers. "That's because you can't really criticize. Look at the three stooges! I'm surprised there not a "Dumb, Dumber, and Farthead!" or is there?"
"I received bad reviews when I started with my stand-up act and did the little "happy feet" thing and people laughed till they pissed. 'The Jerk', one of my most enduring comedy films, was universally panned. And comedies always have to overcome critical snobbery," said Martin, 63.
"I can just see some idiot critic saying, 'There was no poetry in his frying his bag accidentally while trying to cook in the nude."
"It's just the way it is. And so you go, oh, well, okay, why are these movies that you've criticized so archly still around 10 years later, 15 years later, 20 years later. It's because comedy is not a critics' medium. It just isn't. Now 'critics' themselves are hilarious! You just can't keep a straight face around those jokers."
The film, which took $12 million at its opening weekend in the United States -- down 40 percent on Martin's first outing as Clouseau in 2006, same as the stock market -- has garnered a host of hostile reviews and another $5 million for The Jerk, himself.
"Maybe I'll try something more serious, more meaningful work like, "THE JERK MEETS FREDDIE"! "Look Out! Happy Feet!!!!"