A movie about an astronaut on Mars, directed by the Israeli director and starring Scarlett Johansson, was supposed to be a big hit.
Instead, it bombed at the box office.
The Martian was a huge hit, but its failure to attract a mainstream audience was a big problem.
The film has been criticized for its message about the need for more diversity in Hollywood, for its sexist themes, and for the way it portrays an environment of harsh harsh conditions.
And that’s not the only criticism.
Some critics also pointed out that the film has a “white savior” theme, a term used by the right-wing Israeli government to describe a white male astronaut who saves the world from extraterrestrial dangers.
In an interview with The New York Times, director Alex Gibney said that he believed that The Martian “would be more appealing to Israelis” if it had been released in a “very liberal” country like Canada or the United States.
Gibney, who is also the president of the Center for American Progress, the centrist think tank that co-chairs President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, told the Times that he hoped The Martian would attract more mainstream audiences, and “if it did, we would have a more positive and optimistic picture of what the world could look like if we did a better job of promoting and supporting diverse artists and people.”
He said he wanted to see more diversity.
“We can’t have a world where everyone is a white savior,” he said.
“That’s not what we are.
We have to start thinking about this differently, and the more we do that, the better off we are.”