Director says Men in Black 3 is either 'genius' or 'really stupid'

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

Candor can be wonderful—especially from creators and stars who've literally been paid to say their film/TV show/whatever is the greatest thing ever. But that honesty usually comes in hindsight.

The fact that director Barry Sonnenfeld and makeup artist Rick Baker are slagging on Men in Black 3's production now is rather strange indeed.

Getting the Men in Black band back together for a sequel seems like a good idea, and adding Josh Brolin to the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones cocktail was a master stroke. But Sonnenfeld admitted to Empire magazine that, maybe, rushing into MIB3 might not have been the smartest movie:

"We knew starting the movie that we didn't have a finished second or third act. Was it responsible? The answer is, if this movie does as well as I think it will, it was genius. If it's a total failure, then it was a really stupid idea."

And Rick Baker—who's been making movies for 40 years and has the Oscars to prove it—was flabbergasted at the way things were going:

"It was a crazy production. We had a writer actually on the soundstage writing the words moments before the guys had to say them. I don't think that's any way to make a movie. But I've seen a rough cut and I was actually shocked at how good it was."

As always, the proof is in the pudding, and we'll find out on May 25 whether Sonnenfeld's decision was inspired or madness.

(via Collider)